Josh Hamilton's Southern Delicacy

Josh Hamilton joined the Hudson Valley Renegades in 1999 as an 18-year-old after being drafted number one overall by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  He spent the next two weeks helping the Renegades collect their first New York Penn League title.

During that time, I found the young Hamilton, and his family, to be really good people.  I spent some time with them both on and off the air and, like everyone else, hoped to soon see Josh Hamilton roam a Big League outfield.
A lot has happened to the newest star of the Anaheim Angels since then.
While writing my latest minor league baseball book, I felt compelled to include at least one story of the Josh Hamilton I knew in 1999.  I hope you enjoy the story, and more than 80 like it in the book.

From Untold Tales From The Bush Leagues......

....Before Josh Hamilton’s first game that day, team clubhouse manager Matt Veronesi shared his “Tidbit of the Day”, a daily feature of the radio broadcast which filled fans in on obscure team facts they otherwise wouldn’t have known. He reported that Hamilton had a right, as per his contract, to take any uniform number he wanted. His favorite number was 22, but another player already had that number. Hamilton said no big deal and took number 30. Classy move by the 18-year-old.

The team was in a tight situation a couple weeks later, needing a win on the final day of the season to clinch a spot in the playoffs. That afternoon, Hamilton sat in a comfortable clubhouse recliner and chomped on his favorite........

Read the whole story in Untold Tales From The Bush Leagues
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