After a historic hitting performance that included four identical two-run homers and a hard-hit double, how can any baseball fan not be impressed with a post-steroid era slugger whon goes five-for-five with eight RBI and 18 total bases in a one nine-inning game?
Josh Hamilton's performance may seem like evidence for the Rangers' owners to offer a huge contract extension.
But this is a baseball superstar who has many more questions than answers in his career. Hamilton's drug and alcohol abuse is one of the most publicized stories in baseball, and his road to recovery included a pair of slips. The most recent was on Feb. 2 when he claimed to have had two or three drinks.
Now Hamilton is apparently sober, and crushing the ball. He is also subject to enduring speculation of his future with either the Rangers or another club. Hamilton is a product of a culture that has moved past the steroid era, but is still married to a media lifestyle where sports stars are more highlight clips than actual people.