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By Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton used to be the 1st participant selected within the first around of the 1999 baseball draft. He used to be destined to be a kind of infrequent ''high-character '' superstars. yet in 2001, operating his manner 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 gear and alcohol, estrangement from family and friends, and his eventual suspension from baseball. past trust information the occasions that led as much as the derailment. Josh explains how a tender guy destined for reputation and wealth may possibly enable his lifestyles to be taken over through medications and alcohol. however it is usually the memoir of a religious trip that breaks via soreness and heartbreak and ends up in the amazing rebirth of his major-league profession. Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and locations no blame on a person except himself. he's taking accountability for his bad judgements and believes his tale may also help hundreds of thousands who conflict a similar 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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And yet there I was, at the Devil Rays’ spring training complex in St. Petersburg, trying to hide my addiction and make the ballclub. The second half of that statement is debatable. My first drug suspension was over, but I don’t know how hard I tried to make the club, or even whether it was a possibility. My head wasn’t in it, and my heart followed. The Rays made a big move before the 2003 season, bringing Lou Piniella out of retirement to manage the team. Lou was known as an old-school hardass, the kind of guy who flourished working for George Steinbrenner and the Yankees.

Was it a fear of failure, or a fear of success? I started to question myself. I understood where the baseball people were coming from, but I was too young to see the bigger picture. The team was searching for an identity, and it was dying to put guys on the field who might be able to sell tickets and generate excitement even if the team wasn’t quite ready to win. The theme of spring 2001 around the Devil Rays could be described as optimistically defeatist. If the team was going to be bad anyway, why not be bad with young players who could get better and might be fun to watch?

And so, with that, I entered into Major League Baseball’s drug treatment program. I would be subject to stricter testing and a fifteen-game ban from playing. Since I wasn’t on an active roster, that didn’t matter much to me. In fact, I was remarkably unaffected by the whole thing. I convinced myself it wasn’t real, that I didn’t fail a test. It must have been a false positive or some other mistake. Maybe they got my sample mixed up with that of somebody else, a real drug user. That must have been it.

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