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Josh Hamilton's rise reaches next level

ALCS MVP's unusual path to stardom, respect leads Rangers to first Series appearance

Updated: October 24, 2010, 3:17 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton stood in center field before the top of the sixth inning and let his mind wander for a minute.

The Texas Rangers had just scored four runs in the fifth inning to go up 5-1 on the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS, and Hamilton knew the World Series was in sight.

"I was just thinking about everything -- where I was and my lowest point," Hamilton said. "I never thought anything like this would ever possibly happen."

Hamilton said he ...

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