For as many times as destruction and terror struck Josh Hamilton, his life, his body, and his family, perhaps there was a stroke of fate shining on the life of a young man just over five years removed from being the first of well over a thousand players chosen in the 1999 MLB draft.
Roy Silver gave Josh full access to the facilities at “The Winning Inning,” and with newfound confidence Hamilton spent many hours hitting and hitting and hitting. The swagger that was so contagious and the innocent smile from what seemed like so many years ago was starting to creep back on the scene for Josh Hamilton. Swagger and confidence were encouraging signs, but the one thing that was back in the picture for Josh was the most important of all; hope.
Hope was back. So was momentum.
Hamilton began studying and embracing Christianity, and he attributes his recovery to a strong belief in what he learned through religion. Doubles and Homers started to fill Hamilton’s free time, instead of drugs and alcohol. Josh fought extremely hard to hold off what a non-addict can only assume is a terribly irritating temptation to fill his body with hazardous substances just to achieve a “high.” (more…)