By Staff Writer
By now, many people are familiar with Josh Hamilton’s story. The slugger has led the Texas Rangers to World Series with his sparkling defense and heavy hitting. While it may seem like he is on top of the world right now, it wasn’t too long ago that he hit rock bottom due to drug and alcohol addictions.
Coming into the Major League Baseball, Hamilton was drafted first overall, which brought heavy expectations. Early on he began partying to extremes, eventually developing an addiction to crack cocaine that forced him completely out of the league.
However, after making strong efforts to successfully complete substance abuse treatment programs, Hamilton was able to kick his addictions. Today, he is one of the most feared sluggers in baseball.
Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher who is now the president and part-owner of the Texas Rangers, told the San Jose Mercury News that Hamilton’s story is important and may help to inspire other addicts.
“I don’t think that I can truly appreciate what he’s overcome and the way he’s handled it,” he told the news source.”It’s a phenomenal story.”