This week's High's Hero Award recognizing people who are making an eternal difference goes to Josh Hamilton. Josh is the centerfielder for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. This week he was named Most Valuable Player for the American League.
"I would say there's a 99 percent chance that this would never happen. I mean, honestly, I think a lot of people would agree with that," Hamilton said on a conference call. "But it was a 100 percent chance this would never happen if I tried to do it on my own. And I think that's the most important thing I want to get across, is that I couldn't do it on my own. God made it all possible."
Hamilton was the first overall pick of the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the most heralded prospects in baseball history. First injuries, and then a crippling drug addiction, bottomed out his life. He didn't play baseball at all from 2003 through 2005. He first made the majors, after a remarkable recovery, in 2007 and quickly blossomed into the player so many thought he would be.
Click here to watch an inspiring "I Am Second" video featuring Josh giving his testimony.
I first met Josh in August of 2007 during his rookie season with the Cincinnati Reds. He spoke at our Faith Day event at Great American Ballpark with his wife Katie. He has continued to do that at the Rangers Faith Day events.
Last summer I read a very good book about Josh called Beyond Belief. I highly recommend it.
Thank you Josh for making an eternal difference!