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Friday, November 26, 2010

Josh Hamilton 2010 MVP and Recovering Addict

Josh Hamilton, who has been named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2010, had a long journey to be where he is today. Hamilton and a lot of other people would have never of guessed that after ten years in baseball he would be the 2010 American League MVP on the way to the world series, but he says that he could not have done it on his own. "I would say a 99 percent chance that this would never happen -- honestly," Hamilton said Tuesday when asked about his unlikely route to the top. "I think a lot of people would agree with that. But it was 100 percent chance this would never have happened if I'd tried to do it on my own. I think that's the most important thing I want to get across, is that I couldn't do it on my own." Great things happen to those people who surrender and accept that they have a problem so that a solution can be found.

God was the key ingredient for his success, that which helped him out of the depths of despair and on the road to MVP. "Hamilton credits his relationship with God for bringing him to unprecedented heights, for allowing him to keep his priorities in order on a daily -- or even minute-to-minute -- basis. Between that and the work Hamilton has put in at the gym and in the batting cage to sharpen his considerable skills after all the time he spent away from the game as he battled drug and alcohol problems, he has become the player most expected him to be way back when", reported the SF Chronicle. Successful recoveries rely heavily on an addict finding a higher power, whatever it is, but, in most cases that higher power is called God.

"I do reflect," Hamilton said. "I think I lose sight of things and if I didn't reflect, a little ego might start sneaking in there, and that's one thing I don't want to happen. So I do reflect and I think about where I was at my lowest times and how God has brought me through that and sustained me since I've depended on Him. It's been absolutely awesome. It's not good all the time as far as your days and stuff like that -- everybody has bad days. ... But there's someone there to help you through it and help you grow, and that's what I've been doing these last few years. I've been growing in my relationship with Christ and it's just awesome to think about where I am at this moment, and where I was."

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