For those who haven't turned on the TV, surfed over to ESPN.com or eavesdropped on people's conversations, Josh Hamilton's performance Monday remains the talk of sports. He should brace for another media crush when the clubhouse opens in 20 minutes. Ditto for Milton Bradley, Ian Kinsler and Michael Young, who undoubtedly will be asked about the man who mashed 28 first-round homers in the All-Star contest.
Hamilton's star is shining so brightly that the great Peter Gammons has chimed in and essentially called Hamilton the hero who will help fans forget about the cloud of the Mitchell Report and steroids. Gammons said Hamilton could be as pivotal a force as Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Cal Ripken in moving baseball past one of its darkest moments. Wow.