"This may sound crazy, but I wouldn't change a thing about my path to the big leagues, I wouldn't even change the 26 tattoos that cover so much of my body, even though they're the most obvious signs of my life temporarily leaving the tracks.”
You're probably thinking bad decisions and addiction almost cost him his life and he wouldn't change anything?
"But if I hadn't gone through all the hard times, this whole story would be just about baseball. If I'd made the big leagues at 21 and made my first All Star team at 23 and done all the things expected of me, I would be a baseball player and that's it."
Those words and that attitude are two of the reasons why I like Josh Hamilton so much.
His personal story has touched so many people’s lives on and off the field, and his desire and willingness to reach out to those he knows and those he doesn't who are struggling is truly inspirational.
I only hope he won't be sidelined long with his most recent injury.
Hamilton was hurt on May 17th when he crashed into an outfield wall, making a leaping catch and tore his abdominal muscle. He has commented in the past that his immune system has been compromised by his years of abusing drugs.
Monday, he had surgery to repair the tear and is already slowly trying to get back on the field with the hopes of being ready for the All Star break.
He is currently second in voting for the American League outfield, but the Rangers also wonder about the recovery process.
"The years of drug abuse tore up my immune system pretty good," he said at the time.
"He’s such a great story," Vazquez said.
"He’s been forgiven, he has a great message, but the consequences are still there to be seen."
Our thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery.