At Lubbock Christian University, baseball star Josh Hamilton discusses his faith
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas reports:
“My whole career I was looking for a guy like Josh,” said Larry Hays, former coach of Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech. “And now you’re here and it’s not doing me any good.”
Texas Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton, his wife, Katie, and the soldout crowd in Lubbock Christian University’s McDonald Moody Auditorium erupted in laughter.
Josh and Katie Hamilton spoke at LCU’s baseball program, titled “Heart and Soul of Baseball.” Hays hosted the program, balancing levity with gravitas in the hour-and-a-half long conversation.
Josh Hamilton spoke about his early love of baseball, recalling a picture of him at three years old wearing a Yankee helmet and his early dream of becoming a professional baseball player. His selection in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft was “a dream come true,” he said.
Still, the main narrative thread of the evening was the Hamilton couple’s struggles with Josh Hamilton’s drug abuse and the couple’s Christian faith.
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FeedbackJosh has had a difficult journey, but he appears to be handling his star status responsibly. He illustrates the fact that we cannot make this journal successfully without God. I appreciate his willingness to talk about his struggles and his victory in Jesus.Pat ShelbourneFebruary, 18 2011I am the grandmother of a very talented high school baseball player, who admires Josh Hamilton very much. He has done a few things that have begun to take him down the wrong road. We are trying to get him in touch with Josh Hamilton to help him with making the right choices. I am a regular reader of the Christian Chronicle and a member of the Oakland Church of Christ in Southfield, MI. Could anyone there who has met Mr. Hamilton help us to get in touch with him? Even a phone call to my grandson from him would help tremendously. He is only 15 and is already gotten the attention of folks like Cal Ripken and his scouts. Anything you can do for us would be helpful. My phone number is: 248=219=4438. My grandson lives in Lutherville, MD just outside of Baltimore. Thank you,
Judy KillomJudith KillomMarch, 31 2011