He offered any tired cliches about anything other than intending to go to the place that offered him the best deal, i.e. money. He never pretended free agency was going to be anything other than a cash grab.
Professional sports careers are short, and the opportunity to make this type of money - five years, $125 million - can't be taken lightly. You get what you can while you can. Plus, he goes to a competitive team in an area that has a good quality of life, which he will be able to afford.
No one should doubt Hamilton's sincere commitment to his faith, but it felt just so insincere when he conveyed that it was God who gave him the OK on the Angels.
"When you pray about something and God gives you peace about a decision, more than likely that's His will for you," Hamilton said. "When you don't have peace about it, it's not. I prayed a lot about it and understand I had such a great time in Texas. ... A lot of time God likes to take us out of our comfort zone so, one, you can grow spiritually, and two, we can affect people in different places."
I like the last sentence, a lot.
I also have no problem with the truth, either. It's pro sports, and these days there is simply no shame in saying what Josh said all along - it was about the best deal.
For so long Josh said it was going to be about the best contract offer, and now after signing it's about God's will?
God wants you to be a good dude and live a decent life, and He does not care if he hits home runs for the Angels, Rangers or Phillies.
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