Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Abraham Almonte Newsbeat

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Abraham Almonte embracing his chance with Cleveland Indians after ditching a life of lies, anger and alcohol

The guy polishing off another drink in the middle of the nightclub hears a voice.

Almonte has been sucked so far into this lifestyle that he can’t acknowledge his actions or their consequences. He tells his wife he’s sleeping at the baseball complex, but he’s actually careening toward the club. He’s heading for another late night, one filled with lies to his family and lies to himself.

Almonte started drinking regularly at 19 while with the Yankees’ Class A affiliate. After he underwent surgery for a torn shoulder in 2010—which ended his season after 15 games—he plunged head-first into a bottomless, alcohol-driven life.

“It really, really, really got on me,” Almonte said. “Like, every day.”

Almonte was at the club one night, downing drink after drink with a group of friends. Then, everything stopped. Almonte heard a voice.

“It told me, ‘Abraham, you think that this is my plan for you?’” he said. “‘I have special things for you, but you have to come to me.’”

This was the third occasion in which Almonte heard that voice. The first two times, he brushed it aside. That night, though, his sister also texted him.

“She said, ‘Pay attention to that voice that has spoken to you,’” he said. “At that moment, I’m like, ‘This is not a coincidence. This is something real.”

Almonte returned to the complex and slept for a few hours. He completed his baseball activities the next day and went home. There, he watched a video about a young girl who heard from God and was given 24 hours to live.

Almonte had his epiphany.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: abraham almonte, alcoholism, indians, minor leaguers, yankees



BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Dock Ellis on Acid
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogTheo Epstein Erases Losing Traditions as Baseball's Miracle Worker | Bleacher Report
(42 - 10:00am, Oct 09)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(43 - 9:59am, Oct 09)
Last: Randy Jones

NewsblogThe Curious Case Of The Extra .2 Seconds -
(1 - 9:59am, Oct 09)
Last: Bull Pain

NewsblogOTP October 2015 II: Religion, Politics, Baseball - America's Favorite Pastimes Come Under the Microscope in Shaking the Tree's Gorgeous PASSION PLAY PART III
(527 - 9:58am, Oct 09)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

(12 - 9:58am, Oct 09)
Last: Moses Taylor

NewsblogAngell: The Yankees Bow Out of the Playoffs
(45 - 9:57am, Oct 09)
Last: Morty Causa

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1910 Discussion
(9 - 9:55am, Oct 09)
Last: Chris Fluit

NewsblogBrewers David Stearns set for first offseason |
(5 - 9:54am, Oct 09)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-9-2015
(2 - 9:40am, Oct 09)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogOT: NBA Pre-Season Thread
(214 - 9:37am, Oct 09)
Last: Moses Taylor

NewsblogA Short(-ish) Introduction to Using R Packages for Baseball Research – The Hardball Times
(2 - 9:35am, Oct 09)
Last: depletion

NewsblogCubs will challenge John Lackey in NLDS |
(34 - 9:18am, Oct 09)
Last: zonk

NewsblogTheo Epstein rewards baseball department for job well done - Chicago Tribune
(40 - 8:56am, Oct 09)
Last: Dag Nabbit at

NewsblogSteven Matz, Marcus Stroman met in high school |
(6 - 6:39am, Oct 09)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

(295 - 2:01am, Oct 09)
Last: crict

Page rendered in 0.1689 seconds
46 querie(s) executed