If MLB and Fox hadn't orchestrated such a marathon, self-congratulatory pre-game, the actual game might have ended before midnight. I'm a lifelong Yankees fan, and I'm sad to see the stadium go dark, but c'mon ... it's hard to get misty-eyed when the team's building a $1 billion replacement right next door.
And excuse me for saying so, but why is the Josh Hamilton story so much better than that of a player who didn't get addicted to drugs and alcohol? Like, say, Ian Kinsler.
We (fans and media) love the risen-from-the-ashes melodrama -- with a side order of faith. I say ... snore ... it's time to let Hamilton just play and quit trying to anoint him mythical status.