In this Week in Review, I’ll cover Josh Hamilton epic week, Josh Beckett caring more about golf than his job, Kevin Garnett taking out his frustrations on the Hawks, LeBron James winning his 3rd MVP, and my highlight and lowlight of the week, featuring an epic comeback.
Nothing Can Stop Josh Hamilton
.467 batting average, 9 home runs, 18 RBI’s. That’s a great stat line for a month of play, but Josh Hamilton did that in just one week. As of late Josh Hamilton’s been putting up numbers you only seen in a video game set on easy. The high point of Hamilton’s epic week came May 8th against Baltimore when he became only the 16th player in MLB history to hit 4 home runs in a game. Oh, and he also had a double. As of today, Hamilton is the current leader in batting average (.402), home runs (18), and runs batted in (44), and second in runs (30). He’s led the Texas Rangers to a 23-12 record, first in the AL and only trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have a 23-11 record. Of course, this is all happening during his last year with the Rangers, but I just don’t see Hamilton and the Rangers splitting up next season. Even with a past troubles with drugs and alcohol, the Rangers still traded with the Reds in 2007 to get Hamilton. Even when Hamilton slipped off the wagon in 2009 and just before this season, the Rangers have remained supportive of Hamilton, and in return, I see Hamilton paying them back by signing an extension with the Rangers.
Josh Beckett Either Doesn’t Get It, or Gets It and Doesn’t Care
We go from one Josh who had a historic week, to another Josh who’s having the complete opposite type of week. Last season, Josh Beckett was one of the pitchers involved in “chicken and beer gate”, where he along with other pitchers were reportedly drinking beer, eating chicken and playing video games on their days off, while the team went from guaranteed wild card to historic collapse. This season, Beckett is now involved in “Golf-Gate”, where he went out golfing on his off day, which usually wouldn’t be a problem, but when you take into account that he missed a previous start due to a strained lat, one could assume that Red Sox Nation wouldn’t be pleased with Beckett. And based on his last pitching performance, where he gave up 7 earn runs in just 2.1 innings of play and booed out of the stadium, Beckett’s only putting more gas on the fire. That fire turned into an inferno during the post game conference. When asked about golfing on his off day, Beckett just shrugged it off, saying “I spend my off days the way I want to spend them. My off day is my off day. We get 18 days off a year. I think we deserve a little bit of time to ourselves.” Yeah, that’s not going to rile up Red Sox fans. This is also coming from a man that drank beer and ate chicken in the clubhouse on days when he wasn’t pitching.
Don’t Make KG Angry, You Wouldn’t Like Him When He’s Angry
Note to Hawk’s co-owner Michael Gearon Jr: shut your mouth. Prior to Game 6 of the Boston vs Hawks series, Gearon said that Garnett was “the dirtiest guy in the league.” He also called out Garnett for being old, and being old meant that you foul more. Garnett responded to those comments with 28 points, 14 rebounds and leading the Celtics to a Series clinching win against the Hawks. After the game, Garnett was more than happy to take a shot at Gearon.
So not only were Gearon’s comments used as bulletin material for Kevin Garnett, it also led to a $35,000 fine for his negative portrayel of Garnett and the officiating. So next time you want to say something about the opposing team Gearon, it might be better if you just hold it back and not say anything at all. And you may want to consider making some changes to your team because that team will never get anywhere past the first round.
Third Time’s a Charm for LeBron James?
In a surprise to absolutely no one, LeBron James won his 3rd MVP. When James joined the Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh last year, many people thought that LeBron disqualified himself from any further individual awards. But when you compare his numbers to everybody else, along with the fact that Wade missed several games throughout the season, James more than earned this MVP. Just look at his Game 1 performance against the Pacers. When Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal strain late in the first half, James stepped up huge, scoring 32 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and dished 5 assists. More importantly, he stepped up in the 4th quarter, matching the whole Pacers team with 16 points. With his 3rd MVP, Lebron has joined elite company, that includes Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But the stat that separates James from those great players is championships. Each one of those players have at least won one championship. James has failed to reach that mark. He could easily be the MVP the next 5 seasons, but all of that will mean nothing if he doesn’t win a championship.
Highlight of the Week
Besides the World Cup, I don’t really follow much Soccer. It just seems like a game that has more flops than goals, even though basketball is trying it’s best to take the flopping crown from soccer, led by the Los Angeles Floppers, I mean Clippers. But even I was riveted by the final 5 minutes of the Manchester City vs QBR match, which culminated with this goal, my highlight of the week.
Lowlight of the Week