Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Josh Hamilton

I wanted to post something about this guy cause he has a very miraculous story. I also believe it is a God thing that made him who he is today. Thank you Lord! After Josh lost the Home Run derby last night he may have won others to Christ after he said that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. Way to go Josh I will be praying for God to keep you focused on Him and what He wants you to do next.

Josh Hamilton's Personal life

Josh Hamilton is married to Katie (nee Chadwick), the daughter of one of the men (Michael Chadwick) who helped him in his quest to get clean. They started dating in 2002, when Hamilton returned to Raleigh.[24] They married in 2004.[33] Katie has a daughter, Julia from a previous relationship, and together Josh and Katie have a daughter, Sierra. They went through a period of estrangement when it became clear that Josh was using drugs again. After he got clean in 2005, he began seeing his family again. The couple is currently expecting another child.[24]

Hamilton's struggles with drugs and alcohol are well documented. He finally got clean after being confronted by his grandmother, Mary Holt. Hamilton says he hasn't used drugs or alcohol since October 6, 2005.[1] When giving a brief summary of his recovery Hamilton says simply "It's a God thing."[20] He does not shy away from telling his story, speaking to community groups and fans at many different functions. He frequently and publicly tells stories of how Christianity has brought him back from the brink and that faith is what keeps him going.[33] His wife Katie sometimes accompanies him, offering her perspective on his struggles as well.[24] To go along with the provisions of MLB's drug policy, Hamilton provides urine samples for drug testing at least three times per week.[34] Rangers' coach Johnny Narron says of the frequent testing: "I think he looks forward to the tests. He knows he's an addict. He knows he has to be accountable. He looks at those tests as a way to reassure people around him who had faith."[33] Hamilton approaches the plate at Texas Rangers home games to the song "Saved The Day" by Christian group Phillips, Craig & Dean.[35]

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