By Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton was once the 1st participant selected within the first around of the 1999 baseball draft. He was once destined to be a kind of infrequent ''high-character '' superstars. yet in 2001, operating his method from the minors to the majors, the entire plans for Josh went off the rails in a second of weak point. What was once a 4-year nightmare of substances and alcohol, estrangement from family and friends, and his eventual suspension from baseball. past trust info the occasions that led as much as the derailment. Josh explains how a tender guy destined for reputation and wealth may well let his lifestyles to be taken over by way of medicines and alcohol. however it can also be the memoir of a non secular trip that breaks via ache and heartbreak and ends up in the outstanding rebirth of his major-league occupation. Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and locations no blame on somebody except himself. he is taking accountability for his bad judgements and believes his tale will help thousands who conflict an identical demons. ''I were given a platform to inform my story'' he says. ''I pray each evening i'm a great messenger.'' additionally, as a part of the paperback variation of past trust, Josh's trip has been up-to-date to incorporate advancements in his restoration.
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Oft-injured. Troubled. These were the adjectives that began attaching themselves to my name like leeches. It was always written that I was “the former number-one pick” in a manner that dripped with disappointment. It was hard to argue. My 2002 season ended after just fifty-six games in Class A Bakersfield. This time it was my elbow, which began hurting about a month into the season and grew progressively worse until the doctors decided I needed to shut it down. This time, the MRI showed the problem immediately, and the Devil Rays sent me to Birmingham, Alabama, to see Dr.
I didn’t bother to ask where we were going, or what we were going to do. The particulars didn’t matter. With baseball and my parents out of my life temporarily, it was the perfect storm of vulnerability. Our first stop was a strip club. I walked up to the door trying to act cool. It was a lie, though, because inside I was nervous, trying not to make it obvious that this was something I’d never done before. Inside the club, one of the guys ordered a round of beers. I drank one, something I’d never done before.
46 Not surprisingly, my play on the field was erratic. I’d have days where I felt like the old Josh, ripping balls over the fence in batting practice and doing all the things that made me one of baseball’s top prospects. But most of the time my mind drifted and I played like a guy who had lost interest. I struggled to do things I used to be able to do in my sleep. I could hide the cocaine in my pants pocket, but I couldn’t hide its effects. I was sick, and that was impossible to hide. m. and didn’t wake up in time to get to the ballpark in time.