Years from now Los Angeles Dodger fans will remember this past weekend — the final weekend of August 2012 — fondly. The headline will be written as the day the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford. Fair enough.
It’s August 19, 2012 and the Boston Red Sox are 59-62, 1 2 ½ games off the pace in the American League East and 6 ½ games behind the Wild Card leader. Bobby Valentine is under fire. Management met with players, sans the manager. The media is speculating. Fans are booing. Every interested in Boston baseball has an opinion about the Red Sox manager – including Valentine.
Josh Hamilton is 25 years old, the last four felt like a lifetime. His mind once blurred by drugs and alcohol, his body abused by a serious car accident, tattoos and cigarette burn scars on his skin, Hamilton is trying to pick up the pieces of his life and a promising career as a major league baseball player. On Tuesday, June 8, 1999, Josh and his parents, Tony and Linda Hamilton, and 50 friends and members of the media camped out at Hamilton’s home in Raleigh, N.C., waiting for the phone to ring. The room was filled with quiet anticipation.