One of the things Josh Hamilton learned early on is that people see him as far more than a remarkable baseball player.
"They want to tell me their story," he once said. "It'll be about their son or father, about their best friend."
They think of him as someone who will listen and understand, and they want him to know that his fight against the demons of addiction has helped others with their own fight.
"I've walked away with tears in my eyes," he said during a 2008 interview. "At first, you have trouble believing you've helped the way they say you have."
He has come to believe that his life is about much more than baseball. At the moment, he's the game's most remarkable player, a tower of strength and speed who has made the most difficult game on earth look easy.