How Josh Hamilton Narrowly Missed 5 Home Runs

Tuesday night, Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one baseball game. Lots of guys have hit four home runs in one baseball game before. I mean, not that many guys, because it's kind of an exclusive group, but if that many people were in your living room, you'd be like, "there are lots of people in the living room." It would be crowded if all of those guys were in one place.

Nobody has ever hit five home runs in one baseball game before. Not in the major leagues, which is the only baseball we care about. Josh Hamilton didn't hit five home runs, either, but he did hit four home runs and a double, and it wasn't a ground-ball double down the line. It was a ... it was a very long fly-ball double. This is about where it landed:

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That close. That was in the fifth inning, and it would've gone for Hamilton's third homer. Now, had that gone for Hamilton's third homer, there's no telling whether he would've gone on to hit another two homers, but it's fun to pretend, so, sure, Josh Hamilton came just several feet away from a five-homer game.

When Mike Cameron had his four-homer game, in his final at-bat he lifted a fly to the warning track. Someday, somebody's going to hit five. We've had our threats.

Incidentally, in his final at-bat Tuesday night, Adam Dunn struck out looking to extend his strikeout streak to 35 consecutive games. Dunn's streak is unprecedented for a position player. Hamilton's achievement is not unprecedented. Both are amazing. Good night for baseball history, Tuesday.

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