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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)
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