"I couldn't sleep last night," Hamilton said before Monday's opener vs. the Cardinals. "I'd sleep about 30 minutes, wake up, sleep 30 more minutes and was just thinking about the game. I feel like I'm back in my high school championship game."
Hamilton batted .327 with a .381 on-base percentage while going 9-for-9 in steals to impress at the plate during camp.
"I got done what I needed to get done," Hamilton said. "I felt like I got better as a player. I've just got to change over from Spring Training to now."
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