No joshing: Hamilton selected in Rule 5 draft

Updated: December 7, 2006, 4:31 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After snorting enough cocaine, drinking enough booze and seeing enough suns come up to jeopardize his baseball career and his life, Josh Hamilton finally found peace in the company of the Lord. And he became adept at reading signs.

On Wednesday, Hamilton awoke at 5 a.m. for a hunting trip in his native North Carolina and found a text message waiting on his cell phone.

"Jesus never fails," the message said. "Send this to nine other people and you will get good news."


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