Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cary, NC's Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton

Following Josh Hamilton is making for a great baseball season. His is quite a story. Josh set an amazing record with 28 home runs in the first round of the 2008 All-Star Game Home Derby. He is hitting .340 with 20 home runs as the 2010 All-Star break approaches. He has a 26 home game hitting stretch going. He hit a record 490 foot home run in Ranger Park last week.

Josh is from Cary, NC. His story is one of acute drug and alcohol addiction for which he is in recovery. He spent 3 years out of baseball fighting the addiction after his first year in the professional game. You can see the tattoos which cover his body from his days as an active addict. The Rangers have assigned a full-time employee to be with him at all times when the team is on the road and he is not with his family. Everyone is pulling for Josh to "keep those demons away."

He has experienced a committed religious conversion which seems to be his anchor, along with his supportive family and teammates, during his recovery. He sure has me praying and pulling for him........and reading those box scores on a daily basis! Go Josh! He is an incredibly gifted player.

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