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Josh Hamilton gives up his copyright claim to “Play hard, pray harder”

Josh Hamilton

Los Angeles Angels’ Josh Hamilton tosses his bat after striking out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


Josh Hamilton has printed up t-shirts with the slogan “Play hard, pray harder” on them for a while now. But some other guys say they did it first and they sued Hamilton over it. The other guys have prevailed. From

Tyler Mileger began using the slogan “Play Hard Pray Harder” several years ago playing college golf. He joined up with Josh Eckel to start a Dallas-based Christian inspired sports clothing line that gives back by paying it forward ... The suit came down to who sold over state lines first and Hamilton’s side eventually decided to settle with Mileger and Eckel. The two now retain control of the phrase and paperwork to get rid of the suit in the courts has been filed.

Given Hamilton’s season he was probably due for a new slogan anyway. One which revolved around ignoring critics and coming to grips with one’s mortality and age and stuff.