"The Josh Hamilton relapse: What does it mean?" one headline blared, after Hamilton got drunk at a Dallas bar earlier this year. "Hamilton's slip could cost him millions," another professed. And we all thought: Sure, that makes sense. A couple teams get scared off, demand drops, price drops.
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But there's some level of performance that erases that variable from Hamilton's future value. (He's in the final year of his contract.) There has to be. I don't know if four homeruns in one night does the trick, especially this early in the season. But it's definitely a start.