Slugger Josh Hamilton comes full circle

Playoff pressure is nothing compared to what the former Tampa draft pick has endured

Updated: October 5, 2010, 10:17 AM ET
By Jim Reeves | ESPNDallas.com

For Josh Hamilton, the battle was fought and won more than four years ago, when he threw off the shackles of drug and alcohol addiction and clawed his way back into baseball after most of the world had given up on him.

Of course, as every addict knows, the battle begins anew every day, and wins are sometimes counted in minutes, hours, days and weeks of sobriety.

No wonder, then, that Hamilton is so calm and collected as he and the Texas Rangers stand on the brink of a long-awaited ...

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