Re: Hamilton Opening Day, From ESPN
I've never seen a guy do all that smiling in the course of an at bat, from the on-deck circle and back to the dugout, in which he made an out. The only thing I can compare it to would be little league, where a kid who'd been striking out all year -- I mean, without exception -- finally makes contact, perhaps dribbling one to first base, and even though he's out by a mile he's overjoyed. And his parents, the other parents and his teammates are, too.
A failure, but a success redeeming countless failures that had gone before.
There are some magical at bats people will remember -- I was at Riverfront when Rose made his return as player-manager, tripling and sliding headfirst into 3rd in his first AB, the stadium practically detonating -- and even though I wasn't there this time, Hamilton's AB will always rank as one of the unforgettables for me.
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