Monday, July 14, 2008
I don't think I have EVER been more proud and happy for ANYONE in The Great Game. Tonight at Yankee Stadium, Josh Hamilton put on the show that so many believed he was, for so long, so capable of achieving. 28 Home Runs in the first round of The All Star Game Home Run Derby. An incredibly exciting moment for--a still young man--fighting every single day over his demons of drugs and alcohol addiction.
How fitting the performance in--"The House That Ruth Built"--occurred in the very last season of Yankee Stadium--the most honored Ballpark in American Sport.
Sitting in our home watching--Sohna and I actually stood and applauded his Herculean Effort. "The Natural" so long ago named--has now possibly turned his personage around. There is no question Josh Hamilton is THE GREATEST STORY IN THE GAME OF 2008. And I don't care a single lick that Josh did not ultimately win the Home Run Contest this evening, for Josh Hamilton is winning in the game of life--once again.
We only hope he continues improving on himself. Anybody that personally states: "Hope Is Never Lost" is worth rooting for. I can't tell you how happy "I WAS" to see him perform at New Nationals Park, just a few short weeks ago for The Texas Rangers. That man has the talent to be a true Triple Crown Threat. And make no mistake about it, Josh Hamilton has adoring fans in myself and The African Queen--Forever.
You just can't say enough about that man. How he and his closest family and friends have battled as a team on all his issues--to make his journey--A Memorable One Again--for all the good reasons. And the fact he asked a long time confident and supporter to assist him tonight in his quest--made the effort that much more special.
There is no more deserving player in the game as Comeback Player Of The Year. Maybe MVP of The American League.
Josh Hamilton is "The Natural". What A GREAT STORY!! Really, I don't think I could EVER BE PROUDER OF ONE ATHLETE!!
At nearly 49 years of age--I am not afraid to call Josh Hamilton--My Hero. I Love That Guy!!
His Comeback--Legendary. Keep it up Josh--you are worth remembering--and cheering for--every single day.
Tonight's InGame Photo--(Getty Images) Nick Laham