Found April 01, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
CINCINNATI Josh Hamilton keeps running into fans around his Cincinnati hotel the last couple of days and they convey the same message to him.We wish you still played for the Cincinnati Reds, they tell him.He smiles and answers back, Then why did you trade me?The fans didnt trade him, it was the Reds, the team that rescued him from a life filled with syringes and drug-induced lost days and lost nights after which he awakened to find his body covered in tattoos.It was six years ago that the Reds took a chance on Hamilton, former overall No. 1 pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Reds plucked him out of the Rule 5 draft for 50,000 because the Rays had given up on him ever rehabilitating himself and didnt think anybody would take him in the draft.And there he was on Opening Day, 2007, wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. He didnt start that day against the Chicago Cubs, but was a late-game unsuccessful pinch-hitter.Ill always remember my first at-bat here, he said. They announced my nam...
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