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October 28, 2011

Hamilton says God told him of home run

Josh Hamilton knew people would be skeptical of it, but talked about a conversation he had before his 10th inning at-bat. It wasn’t with manager Ron Washington or hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, either.

Instead, Hamilton said the Lord told him he’d hit a home run. And, as it turned out, it happened.

Hamilton belted a two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead, his first homer in the postseason and first since Sept. 23.

“He said, ‘You haven’t hit one in a while and this is the time you’re going to,’” said Hamilton, who was “at peace” during his entire at-bat. “He didn’t say, ‘You’re going to hit it and you’re going to win.’”

The Rangers didn’t win Game 6, as the Cardinals rallied from two-run deficits twice and went on to a 10-9 victory in the 11th inning.

Now, Hamilton and the Rangers need to regroup for a winner-take-all Game 7. Asked if God had sent him a message about Game 7, Hamilton smiled and said: “I’ll ask him tonight.”

Hamilton wasn’t too down about the loss, saying the Rangers have shown their resiliency all season long. He expects them to do it on Friday night, as well.

“We’ve proven we’re resilient,” Hamilton said. “We have experience and proof of doing it before.”

-- Drew Davison


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