Narron hears from Hamilton after historic night

Narron hears from Hamilton after historic night

Narron hears from Hamilton after historic night
MILWAUKEE -- After swinging his way into the record books, Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton placed a phone call on Wednesday morning to his mentor.

But Brewers hitting coach Johnny Narron didn't get to say much.

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

Hamilton recounted his history-making effort on Tuesday night in Baltimore, where he became the 16th Major Leaguer to hit four home runs in a game.

Narron was expecting a call. The two men have been very close since 2007, when Narron began serving as an around-the-clock asset for Hamilton, helping the talented but troubled outfielder avoid issues with drugs and alcohol. Though Narron left last winter for the position in Milwaukee, the two remain in regular contact.

Narron heard about Hamilton's four-homer game after the Brewers beat the Reds at Miller Park on Tuesday and raced to see the 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."

Narron has his hands full with the Brewers, who, Tuesday's 8-3 win notwithstanding, are off to a sluggish start. Batting averages aren't everything, but the fact remains that Narron is in charge of a lineup with a leadoff man (Rickie Weeks) and two-hole hitter (Nyjer Morgan) each batting below .200, a cleanup hitter (Aramis Ramirez) hitting .218 entering Wednesday's series finale against the Reds, and a first baseman (Mat Gamel) and shortstop (Alex Gonzalez) lost to season-ending injuries.

The ever-positive Narron said he was "doing great."

"That's part of it," he said of Milwaukee's early struggles. "That's why I'm here. You can't [get down]. The failure is built into the game, the way it's designed. ... You have to deal with that. It's part of it. That's what you're buying into. I always take an objective viewpoint -- 'What can I do to help?'"