Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton

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 type of infrequent ''high-character '' superstars. yet in 2001, operating his method from the minors to the majors, all the plans for Josh went off the rails in a second of weak spot. What was once a 4-year nightmare of gear 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 perhaps let his existence to be taken over by way of medicinal drugs and alcohol. however it can also be the memoir of a religious trip that breaks via soreness and heartbreak and results in the fantastic rebirth of his major-league occupation. Josh Hamilton makes no excuses and areas no blame on a person except himself. he's taking accountability for his negative judgements and believes his tale may help thousands who conflict a similar demons. ''I were given a platform to inform my story'' he says. ''I pray each evening i'm an exceptional 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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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.

I’ve tried to take my mind back to that moment, to unspool history back to the time I was sitting in that chair, to imagine what would have happened if I had said no when they asked me to go out with them. Or even to go back to the moment when the mirror appeared, to say no to that. I’ve tried to imagine my life if I had simply said I had something else to do. Would it have happened anyway? Would my moment of weakness have come somewhere else, with someone else? That one decision triggered a series of events that nobody could ever have imagined.

What? ” I could hear my momma in the background, reacting to his disbelief. ” she asked. ” I sat there, in an empty apartment in Florida, listening to this drama play out in the big house in North Carolina. They were shocked, angry, confused, but there had been signs. The tattoos, the injuries, the time away from the game — believing I was a drug user didn’t take the huge leap it would have just two years earlier. Feeling the need to fill the silence, I said, “They sent me to talk to someone about my injuries and I told him I’ve been experimenting with drugs.

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