Mark’s Remarks…Josh Hamilton’s Off The Wagon!
I certainly do not condone alcoholism or abuse. Josh Hamilton had a weak moment; first he has had in 3 years. Now all of a sudden he’s a drunk and he’s off the wagon? The guy had 3 or 4 drinks at dinner and then had a couple more at a local pub because he was having issues with a personal matter with a family member. He has had to come out and apologize to God, family, friends, teammates, and everyone else he could think of.
Yes, I know this guys history. Drafted in 1999, he was unable to play in the major leagues until much later, due to not only alcohol, but drug abuse issues as well. A one day relapse, and he finds himself back to where he was many years ago. I guess the worse thing for him is that he is trying to sign a new contract. Now, instead of a 5 year 100 million dollar contract, he may have to settle for a 2 to 3 year contract for 40-60 million dollars.
I am sure Texas Rangers management, who just hired an accountability specialist to babysit Mr. Hamilton and others, will start posting a picture of him at every location that sells alcohol with a note written in large black marker print that reads “Do not sell alcohol to this possible wagon-faller under any circumstances.” I hope that we are not all judged so severely for one bad night.
I should mention that this article was thought up as I was driving to my local DRIVE THRU daiquiri shop (here in Baton Rouge, La.) for the 2 for 1 special. You have to love a state that promotes drinking and driving…it’s why its the BIG EASY!