ST. LOUIS -- Josh Hamilton hadn't homered in more than a month.
He's hurting. We all know that by now. He has a groin injury, maybe a sports hernia.
By this time next week, he may well be having surgery.
And when he came to the plate in the 10th inning of an incredible Game 6, he knew he was going to hit a home run.
"The Lord told me it was going to happen," Hamilton said. "He said, 'You haven't hit a home run in a while. You're going to hit one now.'
"Believe it if you want."
As you might have guessed, Hamilton believed it.
"It was probably the most relaxed, peaceful at-bat I've had in a long time," he said.
Did the Lord tell him what pitch Jason Motte would throw?
"No, but I kind of figured that out on my own," said Hamilton, who hit a 98 mph fastball.
Hamilton's home run put the Rangers ahead of the Cardinals, 9-7. It stood to be a World Series winner, until the Cards scored twice to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th.
But Hamilton said none of that was in the message he heard as he walked to the plate.
"It wasn't like a premonition, 'You're going to do this, and you're going to win,'" Hamilton said. "It was, 'You're going to do this -- period.'"
He heard it, and he did it.
"It was pretty cool, man," he said.
Believe it if you want.