August blog vacation!
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I was at the Rangers game on Aug. 4. Lots of Yankees fans around me were ... not fun and good natured fellow fans. Then, this:
Josh Hamilton runs like a big graceful stag: Bambi's father. Like a stag, his body language doesn't indicate how fast he is actually moving. Like a stag, you have to see him from distance to get perspective.
Though Josh plays a shallow CF, I think most centerfielders would've made this catch. I just appreciate that it's such a big, powerful, graceful athlete making the catch. I like the picture of it in my mind.
What Josh Hamilton does isn't as easy as he makes it look. Josh is a big man who is an instinctive physical genius. He doesn't think about this stuff. He just does it naturally, like a Zen Master. Like Roy Hobbs. Then he runs off the field as if: "Aw, it warn't nuthin."
Tonight's catch came in the 9th inning of a tie game, with the go ahead run on second base. The stadium was juiced. Link