Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 10/23/14
This is not an All-Star Game throwback.  However, today is the day we get to see the best All-Star Game event of any sport.  So, we decided to give you one of the better Home Run Derby stories of all time.  Let’s go back to 2008, when gas was below $2.00, Pluto was being denigrated from planet status, and Josh Hamilton was still a relatively unknown prospect whose past addiction problems created an unlikely success story that very few can rival. Josh Hamilton was selected #1 overall in the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a can’t-miss prospect.  Hamilton, though, never stepped onto a major league team’s baseball field until 2007.  After toiling in the minors for 3+ years, Hamilton spent the next three out of baseball and in rehab facilities.  Becoming addicted to pain killers after a major accident involving himself and his parents (where no one was seriously injured), Hamilton never checked back in with reality.  The Rays, who felt like they had given Hamilton numerous opp...
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