Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 11/17/14

A man with a story

Josh Hamilton has a story to tell, and it will be told on the “big screen.” According to deadline.com, Hamilton will have his life story scripted and put on film. He has entrusted the rights to producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road Pictures. It will be shopped for a feature that will be written by Casey Affleck. The directing will also be done by Affleck.

Hamilton was the number one overall MLB draft pick in 1999. Chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays, Hamilton signed for a record $4 million. His future looked extremely bright, but after injuries and poor off-the-field choices, he found himself addicted to cocaine and eventually crack. The problem was so bad that Hamilton was hiding cocaine in his uniform. When the Rays discovered the severity of the issue, they sent him to rehab, but before long, Hamilton was out of baseball after a number of suspensions.

Hamilton had gotten married and fathered a child with his wife, but the drugs had taken over his life. He pawned his wife’s wedding ring and was eventually kicked out of his home by his loving mate. The money was gone. Finally, after years of drug abuse and homelessness, Hamilton embraced the idea of sobriety and cleaned up his act. After asking MLB for one more chance, the Cincinnati Reds provided the opportunity. The Reds would later trade Hamilton to the Texas Rangers, and the rest is history. Josh Hamilton is now one of the most feared hitters in baseball and earned the 2010 American League MVP Award.

Hamilton and his wife reconciled, and she will co-produce the movie along with Josh and his manager Steve Reed.

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