Josh Hamilton’s historic week of offensive production was punctuated by a bold proclamation from one CJ Wilson, who is (a) a former teammate of Hamilton’s and (b) one of the latest pitchers to fall victim to him, as he took Wilson out of the yard in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Wilson’s new squad, the LA Angels.
Namely, Wilson thinks Hamilton has a real shot at Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record. Bonds had 73 homers back in 2001, but Hamilton is a full seven games ahead of Bonds’ pace.
Per Wilson’s Twitter account, via the Dallas Morning News and all sic of course: “Know a lot of people might want to pitch around hamilton, but their lineup is too good,'' Wilson said. “He might break bonds record this year, no joke.''
Hamilton’s last home run, his 18th on the year, came in the team’s 34th game. Bonds didn’t hit his 18th until the Giants’ 42nd game in 2001, though he did add nos. 19 and 20 as well in that game.