Monday, July 21, 2008

Josh Hamilton

There is a really great story playing out in baseball. While it's not the Rich Ankiel or Jon Lester story, this is the story of Josh Hamilton. Josh was recently thrust upon the national scene because of his amazing 1st round in the home run derby during this past MLB All-Star game. Josh hit 28 home runs in the first round, and the home runs weren't just over the corners of Yankee Stadium. Josh's home runs were hit to some of the deepest parts of the stadium. In golf, ball flight is everything, and in the home run derby contest, it's no different. Josh's homers had a different look and feel, and here he was making history in the most famous of ball parks.

But the amazing part of Josh's story is the path he took to get to that precise moment on the national stage. God apparently blessed Josh with the ability to hit a baseball, but Josh struggled with an addiction to crack on his way to the big leagues. Rather than go on with all the cliches, his life is proof that you should never give up on your dreams. But if you don't believe me, just take Josh Hamilton's own word for it. You cannot help but be inspired by his words.

Link to Josh Hamilton's Article, dated July 5, 2007

Video of Josh's 28 Home Run Performance

In my humble opinion, we are all fallible, no one is perfect, and we all have experienced tough times in life. I believe that the folks with immense, god-given talent, are sometimes the people that God tests the hardest, so that they truly appreciate what gifts they have been given. Put simply, I believe God gives the toughest people the toughest tasks to deal with in life, because they are the people that can handle life's hardships with grace, dignity and class.

Congratulations Josh Hamilton...Easy to root for a guy that has paid his dues.