One Year Since Forever Ago

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It’s been roughly a calendar year since we saw one of the greatest weeks of baseball that any of us will ever see. I’m referring, of course, to the last week that Josh Hamilton looked anything like Josh Hamilton.

Before we go on, let me state clearly that this is not an anti-Josh article. I could write one of those — or even a hundred of those — but that’s not what I’m going for. More than anything, I’d like to look back on good….no, great times from the not-too-distant past.

With the disclaimer out of the way, here’s a brief recap of what Josh did from May 7th through May 13th of last year:

  • May 7th against Baltimore – 2-for-4 with 2 walks, a homerun, 2 RBI, and 2 strikeouts.

  • May 8th against Baltimore – The famous 4-HR game. 5-for-5 with 8 RBI.

  • May 10th against Baltimore – First part of a doubleheader. 1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.

  • May 10th against Baltimore – Second part of the doubleheader. 1-for-4 with a walk (intentional), a homerun, 2 RBI, and 2 strikeouts.

  • May 11th against Anaheim – 3-for-4 with a walk (intentional), 2 homeruns, and 2 RBI.

  • May 12th against Anaheim – 1-for-4 with a homerun, an RBI, and 3 strikeouts.

  • May 13th against Anaheim – 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and 2 strikeouts.


In those 7 games, Josh put up a triple-slash line of .467/.529/1.433 and 9 of his 14 hits landed on the other side of the fence. He was a #ManOnFire, as an SDI writer was fond of saying.

It was towards the end of that week — May 12th, I believe — that I began to wonder when things were going to even out and what that might look like. (After all, a .402 batting average with a 1.321 OPS is pretty much impossible to maintain over the course of a whole season.)

Not long after that things started to get weird. There was quitting chewing tobacco, and a steady diet of low-and-away, and movie deals, and divine punishment, and too much caffeine, and ocular keratitis, and The Drop, and 5 outs on 8 pitches, and boos at home, and an Angels pep rally, and baseball town, and…

Here we are a year later and I just wonder what changed. What happened behind the scenes and between Josh’s ears? How did every go so wrong in such a short amount of time?

We already have bits and pieces of the story, but we may never know the whole truth. Perhaps it’s best to just remember the great times: the 2008 Homerun Derby, the 2010 ALCS, that week in May of 2012, and whatever other Jamilton memories you hold dear.

As for you, Josh, I’ll leave you with the following lyrics:

Where’d you go?

I miss you so.

Seems like it’s been forever,

That you’ve been gone.

Press on, Rangers fans.

Mike Luna is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. He can be reached at Mike.Luna@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @twbbg.
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