Josh Hamiltion had a great week.
The piece of lumber that Hamilton used to club eight of his nine home runs in the last week is headed for the Hall of Fame and its place as one of the most famous bats in baseball history.
It’s up there with Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Black Betsy, George Brett’s pine tar bat, home-run bats from Carlton Fisk, Bobby Thomson and Bill Mazeroski and the fictional Wonderboy.
Hamilton started using the bat on the Texas Rangers’ recent road trip and agreed to donate it to Cooperstown after he hit four home runs with it Tuesday night in Baltimore. But there was an asterisk on the deal – he wasn’t finished swinging with it yet.
The end came in the seventh inning of the Rangers’ 13-6 victory against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night – it broke on a flare single to left field, of all things. Not all that dramatic, but Hamilton drove in his 44th run of the season with the hit and the crack is minor enough that it will be displayed just fine.