Bubba Watson challenges Billy Hamilton to race around the bases

Billy Hamilton and Bubba Watson
Billy Hamilton via Twitter
Cincinnati Reds speedster and Bubba Watson met at Reds spring training - in the laundry room, apparently! - where Hamilton gave Watson an autographed bat.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 3:44 p.m.
As the brand-new owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Bubba Watson is spending sometime this week at Spring Training. Specifically, he's been down in Goodyear, Arizona, where the Cincinnati Reds —the parent club of his AA team – are getting ready for the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
 
Like many Reds fans, Watson had his eye out for outfielder Billy Hamilton. But Bubba wasn't just scouting the Cincinnati speed merchant – he challenged him to a race around the bases. With just one little tweak.
 
"I said, 'I start at second base and he starts at home,' and in the clubhouse, he said he could still beat me," Watson explained to MLB.com. "I said, 'There's no chance.' But they're not letting him run right now. They want him to stay healthy, I guess."
 
 
As a consolation, Watson got a bat autographed by Hamilton – a former Blue Wahoo, by the way. Hamilton inscribed it to "the fastest man I know," and Watson carried it with him as he toured the Reds' complex.
 
So how would the great race have turned out? Well, we've never clocked Bubba on the run, but we do know that Hamilton collected 56 steals for the Reds last season and racked up an all-time record of 155 steals during the 2012 season, in which he played in both the majors and minors.
 
According to MLB.com. Hamilton has been clocked at 13.76 seconds for an inside-the-park homer during his minor league days. Could Bubba chug from second to home that fast? We don't know, but we kinda like MLB.com's suggestion – that maybe he could take his hovercraft.
 
Here's an interview with Watson at camp: