World Series Bound: Rangers’ Josh Hamilton Named ALCS MVP In Style


If you’re going to take the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player title, you might as well do it in style.

The AL Champion Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton reached base at all of his four plate appearances last Friday – as his squad squashed the New York Yankees, 6-1, to grab their place in the heralded World Series. The outfielder capped off a solid overall season rocking his usual customized pair of Texas Rangers Oakley Flak Jackets.

But his stylishly high-performing shades weren’t enough to stop his eyes from some extra activity.

“All throughout the game I was tearing up — is this going to be it tonight?” Josh said, filled with emotion after the win. “…And thinking about where I was, and everything I went through, and how God was just faithful and to bring me out of it.”

The Oakley-protected slugger hit .350 with four home runs during the series – but it was his three-run homer in his first at-bat in Game 1 and his two-run homer in his first at-bat in Game 2 that really pushed him ahead of the field. Reaching base during 15 of 28 plate appearances – getting seven hits and eight walks – had the Yankees quaking in their boots during the entire series.

“I’m so excited for this team, for this city,” continued Josh. “To be part of something like that means the world. It’s something that nobody can take away from you.”

Hamilton, who triumphed to the max after recovering from life issues a few years back and a rib injury that sidelined him for a month this season, is now in San Francisco – working out and getting amped for his team’s charge at a World Series Title as they run into the home team Giants for Game 1.

After overcoming major adversity in his life and this season, it’s no surprise that this moment in his career may have been previously thought to be impossible.

“It was very real to think this would never happen,” he said.

Well it happened. And he’s now slugging his way into a World Series, as one of the most feared hitters in the game…in his Oakley Flak Jackets, that is.

Congratulations Josh – and good luck in the World Series!


Andrew De Lara


October 27, 2010

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