The 10 best Texas Rangers games of the 2010s
#9: Josh Hamilton’s Four-Homer Game (May 8, 2012): Rangers 10, Orioles 3
The legacy of Josh Hamilton is so saddening in hindsight.
The whole “separating the art from the artist” conversation is above my pay grade, but the fact remains that despite his flaws as a person, Josh Hamilton remains one of, if not the greatest player in club history, and his prime from 2009 to mid-2012 was a spectacle as a baseball observer. Drugs and alcohol bring parasitic destruction to people’s lives all over the world, so to see Hamilton rise from the ashes of them and become an MVP winning slugger, and turn into a player who brought success to a franchise that had seen very little to that point, was endearing, uplifting, and something truly unnatural.
But Josh Hamilton the hitter was something special to witness in his prime, and something was in the air that night in Baltimore when Josh simply unloaded for four home runs.
We can at least look back fondly on the pure power that came from that swing, and no Ranger before or since has been able to match the feat of four blasts in one game. I’m not exactly sure what vendetta the Rangers have against the Orioles in Camden Yards, but some fun offense has been put up there through the years.