Hamilton already a fan favorite in Cincinnati

Updated: April 3, 2007, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Walking slowly to home plate, outfielder Josh Hamilton heard the din starting to build.

By the time his name was announced as a pinch-hitter at Great American Ball Park, the crowd was on its feet for an extended ovation that made him back away from the plate and break into a broad smile.

In that moment, he hadn't done anything yet as a major leaguer. His at-bat in the eighth inning of the Cincinnati Reds' 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday was ...

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