Here’s a transcript of an interview with Josh Hamilton on the Rangers’ website. Almost all fluff and a heaping helping of Hamilton’s religious stuff if you’re into that kind of thing, but this caught my eye:
Hey Josh, How did it feel to hit 28 home runs in the home run derby?
Question submitted by: Travis Williams
Josh: I was a little tired, but it was unbelievable. It was probably one of the best moments of my life besides marrying my lovely wife and having my beautiful children. To have my family there watching, and it being the last year of Yankees Stadium and the first Home Run Derby ever at Yankees Stadium, it was unbelievable, and it did get pretty tiring.
But I was coming out of a store the other day, and this guy came up to me and said, “Hey Josh, you know you had a great season, and the Home Run Derby was great, but next time, pace yourself; we want to see you win,” and I said, “Let me ask you a question: Do you want me to hit eight home runs in the first round, maybe seven second, and five in the third to win it, or would you rather me put on a show?” He said, “Definitely, put on a show!”
Can’t say I disagree, which means that they should probably tweak the Derby. Same logic applies to the All-Star Game itself too, by the way. I want to see a show. Let’s scrap the “this time it counts” stuff and make some rules changes that encourage the best show above all else. For example, any rules, be they game-play rules or roster rules that prevent guys like Dan Uggla, as opposed to the real superstars, from deciding the game are something I’d really like to see. Off the top of my head that means getting rid of the every-team-must-have-a-representative rule, encouraging starters to play longer, and messing with the pitcher usage and substitution rules to optimize the game.
Any other suggestions? Yeah, I know the All-Star Game is like a gajillion months from now, but I’m cold, and I want to pretend it’s July.