World Series Schedule: Josh Hamilton, ALCS MVP, Preps for Phillies or Giants
Though he struggled mightily in the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers center fielder—and ALCS MVP—Josh Hamilton came to play against the New York Yankees.
In the six games of the series, Hamilton hit .350 with four home runs and reached base in 15 of his 28 plate appearances, including five intentional walks—and three free passes in Game 6 alone.
It's been a long road back for the 29-year-old Hamilton, whose recovery from drug and alcohol abuse has been well documented. In fact, he's the reason the Rangers chose ginger ale as their beverage of choice for their on-field celebration on Friday.
But it wasn't just his continued recovery that made the All-Star tear up near the end of the Rangers' Game 6 win.
"I love my teammates, I love them so much," Hamilton said after the game. "I don’t want to talk about myself. I want to talk about them. We are here as a group. This group is here because they don’t know how to fail."
But can the fairy tale continue for Hamilton and the Rangers in the World Series?
"I’m so excited for this team, for this city," he told the Associated Press. "To be part of something like that means the world. It’s something that nobody can take away from you."
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