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The Unity of the Texas Rangers

Josh Hamilton, recovering alcoholic and MVP candidate for the Texas Rangers didn’t participate in the traditional champagne celebration when his team won the American League West Pennant because he is a recovering alcoholic who must be careful about consuming any alcohol.  Hamilton’s act of self- discipline is praiseworthy, particularly in an era when so many sports heroes lack any discipline.  For a guy who has made so many mistakes in his young life, it’s great to see him act as a positive role model for our kids; showing them that it’s never too late to change and become a better person.  We all make mistakes; that’s part of life.  But only some are able to bounce back from their mistakes and triumph.

Had the story ended there, I would’ve emphasized the importance of making sacrifices for your own good and not getting distracted by your surroundings.  I would’ve also keyed in on Hamilton’s strength and courage to withstand the temptation to violate the rules of recovery.  But the story doesn’t end there, and the message for today is completely different.  You see, Hamilton’s Ranger teammates really wanted to celebrate with him and were upset that they missed their opportunity.  They knew, that if given a second chance, they would make sure to celebrate with him in the traditional way. So, when the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, they rushed him into the clubhouse before the alcohol was distributed and doused him in…….that’s right, Ginger Ale.  They celebrated together for 10 minutes and only after Hamilton left did they bring out the booze.

If you ever wanted to look up the definition of a ‘team’ you would find a photograph of the 2010 Texas Rangers.  They are a cohesive unit, a team that works together and relies on each other, and make sure that everyone feels valued and important.

What a remarkable story! This has got to be one of the best feel good stories of the year.  We should be so lucky in our lives to have such great teammates in our work, synagogues, and homes, who are sensitive to our personal needs.  The Rangers may not win the championship, but they have already proven that as individuals and teammates, they are true champions.

{Hat tip to Das Z.}

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