The Pujols-Hamilton combination is a most interesting, uncanny one, a powerful convergence of supremely gifted sluggers, Jesus-loving men and free-agent millions that former Angels slugger Tim Salmon could explain in no other way than it being "a God thing."
Salmon invited the likely heart of the Angels' 2013 batting order – Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton – to his Christian-based alma mater, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, a couple weeks ago to speak about their careers and their faith in front of more than 3,000 people at the GCU Arena.
Video of the compelling 80-minute "Tales from the Dugout" talk, which was co-hosted by Salmon and former big-leaguer-turned ESPN baseball analyst Aaron Boone and also including Giants pitcher Barry Zito, was posted on the school's YouTube page a few days ago.
Listening to the Angels duo that has combined for 14 All-Star selections, four league MVP awards, nine Silver Slugger honors, four World Series appearances and 636 career home runs made you think.
About everything. About every turn in life. About what's really at play.
Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $240 million deal in December 2011, glowed when he said that he and Hamilton, who signed a five-year, $125 million contract in December 2012, "go way back."
They go back to the beginning of their major league baptism, back to a Tropicana Field showcase tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla., after the 1999 draft.
Hamilton-Pujols are a "God thing" for Halos
Orange County Register | Mar 4