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“Beyond Belief-Finding The Strength to Come Back” Josh Hamilton & Tim Keown


This is not an official “book review” per say, I don’t feel qualified enough to do that , but I did want to share some things I learned from reading Josh Hamilton’s story. As many of you know, I love most all sports, but baseball is my favorite. I have known about Josh Hamilton every since he got drafted by the Devil Ray’s a few years back. I have read different accounts of his story through magazines and on-line articles, but until I read his story in his words I didn’t  fully understand how far he has come. Not only do I have a new appreciation for Josh, but I know better now the struggles that most people addicted to drugs face. As much as this was a story of redemption and recovery, it was a look inside the mind of an addict. Josh was very open and honest about his time being in bondage to that lifestyle. He was also honest about the spiritual warfare that was taking place in his life during this time (and some that still goes on).He share’s how his addiction hurt the people that loved him, and how there forgiveness of him had to be a “God thing” . He also talks about the providence of God and how as he looks back on things now he can see God’s hand in all of it. He never shy’s  away from giving God glory for his continuing recovery.

One of my favorite stories he tells, is about a  promise he made Clay Council, an older gentleman from his hometown. The promise was, that if he (Josh) ever participated in a home run derby, he would have Clay be his pitcher. Clay was one of those guy’s that spent all his spare time at the little league fields pitching to anyone that wanted to get in some batting practice. Josh kept his promise to Clay and flew him to New York and he had him pitch for him at Yankee stadium. The best part of this whole story was the fact that before they went out onto the field, they went into the tunnel, away from everyone else and prayed, giving God glory for this opportunity.

Growing up as a kid,  I usually looked at athlete’s as hero’s, heck I even named my son after a baseball player, but as I’ve gotten older I realize they are human just like me. Josh’s story pounds that home even more. I do now have a new respect for Josh and will be rooting for him to succeed on and off the field. I highly recommend this book to all baseball fans, but I also recommend it to anyone that is dealing with or knows someone that is dealing with an addiction.

 To me this is another example of God taking something that was meant for evil, and turning it into good.

Note* After seeing Josh’s story on MLB Network, my wife now wants his jersey. So if this will get her into watching baseball with me, at least 2 miracles came from Josh’s story.*

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a baseball fan. I have appreciated this game for as long as I can remember. I played t-ball all the way up to high school and I have enjoyed watching my son play this game his entire life. I am lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. I even named my son after a baseball player (Ryne Sandberg). So I’m writing this post with a little bit of disappointment in my heart.

 As most of you know, baseball has been dealing with a black-eye the past couple of years. The steroid controversy has been the main topic of discussion and, probably rightly so. But I suspect with the revelation of Alex Rodriguez’s admission  to being a juicer this is not going away anytime soon. I guess the most disappointing thing is not that he admitted cheating,but that I’m not totally surprised. I for one like A-Rod. I always thought he had a passion for the game that alot of other superstars didn’t. As a father I try to influence my son’s choice of players he likes(I know that’s probably not right), but I always tried to get him to focus on the players that seemed to love to play the game. Now I try to point him to the one’s that don’t or didn’t cheat to get ahead. Problem is I don’t know who those players are anymore. My fear is that so many young people will look at these guys and think it’s ok to do roids or whatever to get ahead. There is alot of money to be made if you are “good enough” to make it. I know if this was going on when I was in high school and I had the opportunity to take steroids to become a better player, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done it. It’s a shame because baseball is a beautiful game when played right. It has a rich history that I don’t believe any other sport can match. I just hope “the powers that be” can bring this sport back to it’s former glory so that future generations can enjoy watching baseball played the way it was intended to be be played.

I guess the next question to be ask, is should these guy’s, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens etc……….,be allowed in the hall-of-fame? Seems to me that they played in an era when the use of steroids was status quo and it’s impossible to say who was using and who wasn’t. Or do we throw the baby out with the bath water and not let anyone during this time in? I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision…


 I was going to write a theological sidebar on this subject, but I have decided to leave it as is. This post is about baseball and baseball only. I realize the theological implications that could be drawn from the above post and will likely write a separate post on that very issue. But I would like to keep this particular post and all subsequent comments focused on baseball. So if your a fan and share the same concerns, feel free to post a comment……….

Big Z Throws a No-hitter

Posted: September 15, 2008 in Sports
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MILWAUKEE — Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years, returning from a recent bout of rotator cuff soreness to shut down the Houston Astros 5-0 Sunday night in a game relocated because of Hurricane Ike. Read More..