Josh Hamilton: The Story About The Man Who Made Baseball History
Rankin Woley, Staff Writer
May 17, 2012
Filed under Sports
Have you ever wondered the story behind Josh Hamilton’s Tattoos? Josh Hamilton wasn’t always the baseball superstar that he is today but a man lost from god. Standing 6’4 and weighing 230lbs with tattoos flying all up and down the arms, Josh Hamilton looks to be an intimidating man. Yet that’s an intimidating that he would like to forget and erase from his past.
After Hamilton got his first tattoo that said “Hambone”, his high-school nickname, he suffered from an addiction to drugs and alcohol because his tattoo artist led him to cocaine. After this first meeting with the tattoo artist and tattoo it led to more tattoos of blue flames up the arms and 2 red devils on his elbows. The drug and alcohol addiction led on and set back his career after being drafted #1 overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999. In 2004 Hamilton received a 30 game suspension and was fined by the MLB for violating their drug policy. He made numerous efforts in trying rehab but was unsuccessful in the attempt and didn’t play baseball at all from 2004 to 2006. Hamilton finally got clean in 2005; He says that Jesus had saved him from where he was and that he had found a relationship with God. In 2006 Hamilton was finally cleared to play and was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He was then traded to the Texas Rangers where he is still to this day playing.
Josh Hamilton’s first 26 games of this 2012 season started with a bang, hitting 10 HR’s and racked up 28 RBI’s, but that all would change on Tuesday May 8, 2012. In Texas’ 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, Hamilton went 5-5 with a double, 4 Home Runs, and with 18 total bases along with 8 RBI’s. He set a record that only 16 other players in MLB history have ever accomplished. To put it in perspective, Albert Pujols, one of the greatest players in the game, has only hit 1 Home Run and has 18 total bases in his last 10 games and Josh Hamilton hit 4 HR’s and had 18 total bases all in just one game! After that remarkable, game Hamilton has hit 14 HR’s with 36 RBI’s along with an astounding .406 Batting Average.
People are now giving him the title “Best Player in Baseball”, but he will tell you that God has helped him persevere through everything and that God deserves all of the credit. Josh Hamilton has truly made a astonishing comeback from where he was in 2001 to where is now in 2012.