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In a piece published at The Players Tribune, 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton says he heard “the Holy Spirit” talking to him before hitting a home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
“We’re in that deciding game, and suddenly I’m in the on-deck circle, in extra innings, and I’m telling you, out of nowhere….I hear the Holy Spirit talking to me. This is the honest truth. For real,” Hamilton wrote.
“I’m standing there, getting ready to bat, and I hear it clear as day.
” ‘You’re about to hit a homer right now, son.’
“And I’m like, Huh … O.K.”
“Then I take a couple more hacks in the on-deck circle. A few moments later, I walk up to the plate. Step into the box. And the very first pitch I see– BLAMMO. Home run. Two run lead for the Rangers. Are you kidding me?”
Leading the series 3-2 at the time, Hamilton’s home run in the 10th inning put Texas ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and in position to win their first-ever World Series.
But down to their last strike, the Cardinals would rally for two runs in the bottom of the 10th before David Freese’s walk-off homer in the 11th sent the series to Game 7. St. Louis would win 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium, clinching the club’s second title in six years.
Hamilton, who played his last game in 2015, is being inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame this weekend.