Someone call Hollywood, because this might be the best sports story of the past decade.
I know that some people will think I'm insane for saying that, but honestly can you even imagine a bigger story. Let's get to the beginning of the story first.
Josh Hamilton was born in Raleigh, North Carolina where he was a star for Athens Drive High. His high school career was highly decorated, he won the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina, twice. After his senior year in high school, he was named High School Player of the Year by Baseball America.
Hamilton was selected number one overall in the 1999 Draft by the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. His first five season were plagued by injuries and drug abuse. He checked into rehab numerous times, before eventually not playing baseball for the duration of the 2002-2006 seasons.
Then came last season. Hamilton was selected third overall in the Rule 5 draft by the Chicago Cubs, who then traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for cash. After hitting .403 in spring training, Hamilton earned a spot on the opening day roster. After an injury to Ryan Freel, Hamilton found himself an everyday starter at Center Field. Hamilton went on to hit .292 in 90 games with 19 home runs, 47 RBI's, and a slugging percentage of .554.
In December, the Reds traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers, where this amazing story continues. Hamilton has had a dream season hitting .312 with 21 home runs and a staggering 93 RBI's, tied for fifth on the all-time RBI list before All-Star break.
Hamilton is finally reaching his potential, and who would've thought. Five years ago, this guy was in a dark alley, drugged up doing nothing with his life. Now he's a household name, he's the feel good story of the year and he's bounced back from something that normal addicts can't bounce back from. He's the poster boy for never giving up. He's an inspiration to young players everywhere, and to those that struggle with their own addictions. I applaud Josh Hamilton for making this amazing turn around, and I think everyone should.
This story is a movie makers dream. Who wouldn't enjoy watching this story on the big screen.