In 2008, at the final All-Star Game festivities to be hosted by the old Yankee Stadium, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton put on a performance in the first round that is without question the single greatest moment in Home Run Derby history.
Hamilton didn't just hit a record-smashing 28 homers in the first round—it was the way he hit them. At one point, Hamilton hit 13 home runs in a row.
One ball traveled an estimated 502 feet, and several others landed in the upper deck in right field. It's probably not surprising that Hamilton didn't win the event —that honor went to Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau. Hamilton had to have worn himself out after putting on a show that absolutely wowed everyone, whether in attendance or watching from afar.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.