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Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau defeats Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton. This year's edition was supposed to be a snooze fest. No A-Rod. No Big Papi. No Vlad. No Junior. No Bonds. Just a bunch of youngsters named Braun, Morneau, Utley, Berkman, Uggla, Sizemore, Longoria and Hamilton. But boy was this a doozy.

Josh Hamilton stunned everyone in attendance at Yankee Stadium by hitting a record 28 homers in the first round of the Derby, the most homers hit in any one round in Derby history. Granted there is a short right field porch at the Stadium, but Hamilton was hitting them to the back of the batter's eye in center field. Perhaps the most amazing part was hearing the Bronx crowd in unison chanting the name of a hitter who is not a Yankee.

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Thanks to the Four-Letter Network everyone and their dead relatives know about Hamilton's story. And his story is one of the more remarkable come back stories in sports as of late.

The clear loser here is the Twins' Justin Morneau. Yeah he beat Hamilton in the final round 5-3 to win the Derby, but no one will come away today without thinking of Hamilton.