Baseball players are always going to be an inspiration to fans, as we all dream of growing up to be just like our favorite players on the diamond. Yet, the players whose roads to the majors were rougher than most are the ones we tend to like the best, for their stories are extra special. These men had a common goal and ran physical and emotional gauntlets to make sure it happened, while most others in their situation often gave up.
One story that stands out to me is that of Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who overcame some of the worst kinds of addiction demons after being drafted first overall in 1999 and later became one of baseball's deadliest power hitters as well as the 2010 American League MVP. He still fights his past today, but no longer lets it get in the way of his job on the field.
Of course, Hamilton isn't the only player who has had to overcome tremendous odds. Other baseball players have had to deal with much more.