The struggles of Josh Hamilton are well documented. And anyone who knows anything about addictions knows that these struggles are not going away. I’m not here to judge Josh, or to second guess his decision to continue playing Baseball. I just hope he wins the battle he is in with his demons.
Two things made me a fan of Josh Hamilton, both of which tell a story of redemption. First the 2008 Home Run Derby in New York City. And his book, “Beyond Belief”, where he tells his story of losing a 4 million dollar signing bonus to a drug and alcohol addiction. And then “Finding the strength to come back”, a testimony of faith. It was shortly after this, when I printed t-shirts for a Baseball camp I was running that said;
“You can’t be perfect in every moment of your life.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have Perfect Moments.”
So earlier today Josh signed with the Texas Rangers, the team he has had his greatest Baseball success with. The Rangers have assembled a support group, that is even larger than the one that was in place earlier.
This is what Josh had to say at the team introduction this afternoon; “I have always placed expectations on myself that nobody else can place on me. The fact that I wasn’t the player I once was the past two years only adds fuel to the fire. Yes, I need baseball. I love baseball. I have been playing baseball since I was 3 years old. I’m excited to be back with the Rangers and I’m excited about playing in front of these fans again.”
With God’s help and Baseball, maybe Josh will have many more “Perfect Moments”. And I don’t mean just in Baseball.
Here is the link to watch Josh Hamilton’s 28 Home Runs during the first round of the 2008 Home Run Derby. https://youtu.be/Z8yhEX1L0fk