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Hamilton: A Rangers Preview

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He won't throw away his at-bat.

Me, sadly.

Now if you don't know, it goes a little something like this.

JON DANIELS:
How does an addict, washout, son of Carolina
DH, dropped in a misbegotten
Cincinnati team, by Rule 5 and by Chicago
Grow up to be a hero and a baller?

SHIN-SOO CHOO:
2010 M-V Player, fastball slayer
Hit 'em like he hated, by God he fated
By Jesus he was created
By talent he was slated
By 17, the scouts phone calls he was inundated

YU DARVISH
And every day the Rays would keep on losing in last place
In the Appy League, he struggled and kept his boredom
Inside, he was craving for something much stronger
The brother was ready to hit, steal, field and had power

PRINCE FIELDER:
Then hurricane shots came, and devastation reigned
Our man saw his future drip, drippin’ down his veins
Put a syringe to his elbow, connected it to his brain
But talent he would maintain, a testament to his pain

DANIELS:
Well the word got around, they said, "This kid is insane, man!"
He took a suspension and he nearly found himself banned
"Get your self clean, don’t forget from whence you came, and
The world’s gonna know your name! What’s your name, man?"

JOSHUA HAMILTON:
Joshua Holt Hamilton
My name is Joshua Holt Hamilton
And there’s a World Series ring I haven't won
But just you wait, just you wait

KATIE CHADWICK:
When he was 20, his mind split, full of it, grief-ridden
Two years later, out of baseball, pine-sittin'
Half-dead, sittin’ in his own sick
The scent thick

COMPANY:
And Josh got better but his youth went quick

ROUGNED ODOR and (COMPANY):
Moved in with Jerry Narron, the coach couldn't keep a job
But in '07 was a stud, a pro he become
A voice saying "(Josh) you gotta fend for yourself"
He started hittin’ and fittin’ in, sent Hopper to the shelf

DANIELS and (COMPANY):
There would’ve been nothin’ left to do
For a team that won 72
He angered the stars with high WAR
When he refused to go to bars
A trade brought him near Austin, cost the Rangers a damn fortune
Tradin’ Edinson and more from a team with Scott Feldman
(Scammin’) for every at-bat he got his hands on
(Plannin’) for the future, in the box the chalk he stands on (oooh)
Tightens up his grip headed for a new land
In Texas you can be a new man

COMPANY and (HAMILTON):
In Texas you can be a new man (Just you wait)
In Texas you can be a new man (Just you wait)
In Texas you can be a new man

WOMEN:
In Texas
MEN:
Texas

HAMILTON:
Just you wait

COMPANY and (COMPANY):
Joshua Holt Hamilton (Joshua Holt Hamilton)
We are waiting in Big D for you (waiting in Big D for you)
You could never back down
You never learned to take your time
Oh, Joshua Holt Hamilton (Joshua Holt Hamilton)
When G Dubya sings for you
Will he know what you overcame?
Will he know you rewrote the game?
The world will never be the same, oh

DANIELS and (COMPANY):
The plane is in the airstrip now, see if you can spot him
(Just you wait)
Another washout comin’ up from the bottom
(Just you wait)
The Angels destroyed his rep, Dallas forgot him

ADRIAN BELTRE AND ELVIS ANDRUS:
We fought with him

NEFTALI FELIZ:
Me? I died for him

ROUGNED ODOR:
Me? I trusted him

KATIE CHADWICK, WAYNE KRIVSKY, and CHUCK LAMAR:
Me? I loved him

DANIELS:
And me? I’m the damn fool that got him

COMPANY:
There’s a World Series ring he hasn't won
But just you wait

DANIELS:
What’s your name, man?

HAMILTON & COMPANY:
Joshua Holt Hamilton!