So as I sit here wracking my brain to find something to write about, I’ll just write about what I thought about writing about. Never mind. Off-days do strange things to the brain. Or maybe it’s the heat.
When I was on the first vacation four weeks ago, I was talking to my sister on the phone at the Dulles airport while my flight was delayed. She asked me if I had bought anything for myself, and I realized that I hadn’t. But I knew of something that I could get for myself at the Borders across the way. It was Josh Hamilton’s book, Beyond Belief. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and I thought, might as well get it. I read the first chapter on the way home, but put it down for a week or so once I got home.
Fast forward to two weeks later, when I left on vacation again, this time with my family. We had a lot of spare time when we were up there, so I pulled out the book again and finished it there.
It was amazing!! It was very well-written, and the story really grabbed me in. I thought the story of his addiction to drugs was masterfully written. It really showed what was going through his mind at the time, and how it was affecting him, his friends and family, and his baseball career. This story is just amazing. I loved how it showed that recovering from something like this isn’t easy. It seems that in the media (songs, TV, movies), recovery from something like drugs is easy. You just stop, and then it’s happily ever after. But that’s not the way it happens in real life. Josh had to fight against his cravings every day. He was set back quite a few times. With the amount of terrible drugs he put into his body, he should have died.
It’s a great story of redemption. When he finally got back into baseball with the Tampa Bay (then) Devil Rays, his teammates didn’t support him. They just kind of stood back while the media crowded around Josh. But when Josh made his way to the Rangers, at his very first press conference, three of the most prominent Rangers players were there to support him.
It’s an incredible book, and I would highly recommend it. What a great story.
My project for the week is writing fanmail to a lot of the Padres players. I’ve never sent fanmail before (except to Trevor with the Brewers), so this is really cool for me. I’m probably writing to 10-15 players this week. Yesterday I did Kouz (of course) and David Eckstein. Each letter is going to be different depending on the player. For Kouz, I told him a lot of the stories of my interactions with him, like the day I became such a big fan of him. This is a really exciting project for me. Who knows if the players will ever read them, but it’s cool to support them like this!
So, the Padres are in Atlanta for three games against the Braves this week. Mat Latos is pitching tonight against Jair Jurrjens. I really hope Mat can get things together and pitch a great game.