The movie rights to the Josh Hamilton story have already been sold, but the ending keeps changing — it keeps getting happier.
A No. 1 draft pick out of Raleigh's Athens Drive High School had it all, lost it all to drugs and alcohol and now has it all back with a lot of zeros behind it. He's expected to appear today at a press conference in Anaheim, Ca. to officially announce his his five-year, $125 million agreement with the Los Angeles Angels.
The 31-year-old left handed slugger won the huge contract based on his performance during five years as an outfielder with the Texas Rangers. There he made five All-Star teams and won a MVP award while helping the Rangers reach the World Series in back-to-back years.
Now Hamilton will add his luster to a lineup that includes the great Albert Pujols, the game's brightest new star, Mike Trout and a man known for tape-measure home runs, Mark Trumbo. Every game will be an All-Star game.
Some Texas fans were unhappy that Hamilton exercised his free agent options and left them for California. But it seemed inevitable that he would end up in the Golden State, sober (for now) and wealthy beyond dreams.
Hamilton has fought and subdued his devils. It's fitting that he's now among the Angels.