First Posted: 1/15/2009
A few weeks ago I had a frank discussion on Texas Rangers’ centerfielder Josh Hamilton with coworkers.
At the Home run derby in July, Hamilton hit a record 28 first-round homers en route to a second-place finish.
The next morning, several of my coworkers talked about how great of a story Hamilton was and how inspirational it was that the guy had gone through so much adversity and climbed back to the top.
To make a long story short, Hamilton is a former No. 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Raleigh native was expected to be the Rays’ first great player but was sidetracked by drug and alcohol addiction. After three suspensions and several more chances with Tampa, he was released. He didn’t resurface again until the Cincinnati Reds signed him prior to the 2006 season.
Hamilton parlayed his second chance with the Reds into a trade to the Rangers before this season. As of right now, he leads the MLB in RBIs and is second in the American League in home runs.
Still — despite the made for Hollywood script Hamilton’s life seemed to be following