Twitter Tuesday: Reds Fans React to Billy Hamilton’s Start


When we last checked in on Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty announced that the shortstop-turned-outfielder would be taking his talents to Louisville this season. Coming on the heels of his non-roster Spring Training invitation, it was evident that in spite of a monstrous 2012 campaign, all eyes would be on the 22-year-old in 2013.

In two games with the Reds, Hamilton is 1-for-6 with no stolen bases. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

After a record-breaking season in which Hamilton claimed two stolen base titles en route to his decisive California League MVP victory, the Reds’ 2009 second-round pick became a household name across the baseball world. Fast forward to Saturday, when Hamilton plays his first spring game with major leaguers. I caught up with the fan reaction on Twitter, and the exit polling looks pretty good.

News breaks: Taking over for Shin-Soo Choo in center field, fans in Goodyear and beyond are quick to react.

At the plate: Finishing with a 1-for-4 clip at the plate, few fans were disappointed by Hamilton’s first outing against major-league pitching.

On the run: In the seventh inning, Hamilton finally showed off his wheels. After recording his first hit (a two-out single), he advanced to third base on an Emmanuel Burriss single to center field. Several fans felt that he had enough in the system to reach home on the play, but you be the judge.

Sunday start: With an 0-for-2 performance the next day, Hamilton’s first start drew great support from fans from all corners of the country.

So now what? Over two games, Hamilton is 1-for-6 with no stolen bases, but there’s no need to hang your head. If anything, we’ve seen that while he lacks presence at the plate against more intimidating pitchers, he can hold his own in the field. I’ll leave you with Jesse’s optimistic tweet which summarizes the attitude of thousands of Reds fans: