Narron heard from Rangers’ Hamilton

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After swinging his way into the record books Tuesday night as the 16th Major Leaguer to hit four home runs in a game, Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton placed a Wednesday morning phone call to his mentor.

Johnny Narron didn’t get to say much.

“He just wanted to talk about it, so I listened to him,” Narron said.

The two men have been very close since 2007, Narron serving in Cincinnati and Texas as an around-the-clock asset for Hamilton, helping the talented but troubled outfielder avoid issues with drugs and alcohol. Now that Narron is in his first season as the Brewers’ hitting coach, they remain in regular contact.

Narron heard about Hamilton’s four-homer game after the Brewers beat the Reds at Miller Park on Tuesday. He raced him to see highlights.

“Knowing Josh the way I know him, I wanted to see on TV how they pitched him,” Narron said. “I saw they threw him in the middle of the zone, in his hot spot. … Shame on ‘em, because he isn’t going to miss it.”


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