Two years ago he stood on the precipice of the Happiest Place on Earth.
It was Christmas time at a Downtown Disney restaurant in Anaheim, and Josh Hamilton was the star of an Angels' welcoming party that felt like a giant hug. There was a red carpet, twinkling lights, finger food, and Hamilton aw-shucks-ing his way through a narrative of redemption and rebirth.
Arte Moreno, the Angels owner who had just agreed to give $125 million to a player whose career had been derailed three times in a fight against drug and alcohol addiction, was beaming.
"The reality is, at the end of the day, people want hope," Moreno said. "I look at this positively and I said,...