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The Back of Josh Hamilton's Head Has Never Looked Prettier

Sam Merten's most favoritist ball player in the history of leather and wood graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and as beautiful as the cover is, Albert Chen's story is even better. The title: "The Super Natural." The lead:

Josh Hamilton is at peace now, at peace even when he sleeps. "I used to have dreams all the time," he says. "They were so real, I'd wake up and take a real deep breath in, like I was hitting the crack pipe."

That, right there, that's a grabber. --Robert Wilonsky

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