The Josh Hamilton Story to date has all the makings of an excellent drama. A young man experiences the highest of highs – #1 overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft. Through life’s various twists and turns, he also experiences the lowest of the lows – drug and alcohol addiction, squandered talent, and seeing what his choices did to his family and loved ones. Its got movie potential. And it is already a book. Hamilton has teamed up with ESPN’s Tim Keown to authour Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back.
Hamilton describes the book thusly: “Baseball is in it, just because I’ve played it my whole life. It’s more about leading up to the struggles I went through, getting through that and putting God first in my life.” The book was largely written during the off season before his breakout 2008 season, but a chapter about the Home Run Derby was added as well.
After his busy baseball season, Hamilton is going to be hitting the road with a book tour and book signing starting in October. The last entry on that site doesn’t list the full location, but this blog says the October 22 signing starts at 7 PM at Barnes & Noble in The Parks Mall in Arlington.
Is anyone going to be picking this book up and / or hitting a book signing? I’d be interested to hear a report or seeing some pictures if you are. I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of the book, probably off Amazon, as I don’t think he’ll be coming up to Canada for a signing.