A story of addiction to redemption

He was a brilliant, churchgoing pitcher and hitter who had apparently never even sipped alcohol until a car accident in which he and his mother were injured.

In short time, he fell in with a bad crowd at a Florida tattoo parlor, suffered more baseball injuries, got hooked on cocaine and was ultimately suspended from baseball.

He burned through the signing bonus, drank a bottle of Crown Royal a day, got temporarily booted from his house by his wife, acquired 26 tattoos (Satan’s face is plastered on one elbow) and hit rock bottom “when he awoke from a crack binge in a trailer with a half-dozen strangers around him.”

A story of addiction to redemption — Baseball, Vladimir Nabokov, Texas Rangers — chicagotribune.com

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