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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!

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. 65mustangs

    February 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I agree Mark. This is how I have felt since day one that the story broke. First, I don’t think it is any of our business. We already know too much about his personal life and his personal demons. I have heard so many people pontificating about how serious of a slip this is and how alcohol influence will lead him back to the hard stuff. While all this is absolutely possible, none of know him or his situation well enough to make such a definite statement. Yes, he slipped. No, it does not have to be the doomsday of his life and career.

    When I was younger, I had my own problems with similar issues. I’m not going to try and compare the severity or say I know anything at all about what happened to him in 1999 or last week. I don’t. I’ve never met him. But, I do know that when I was 30 I had to make some big and tough decisions. Have I slipped from time to time since then? Sure. I also did what I needed to do to make sure that it did not lead me back to bad habits. Josh has to be strong and realize what the consequences would be if he went back down that road. Whether he does or not is up to him. We don’t know what is in his head, nor should we.

    He has plenty of examples to look at in recent MLB history. Daryl Strawberry shortened his once great career and is still fighting the battle. We know this because he chooses to speak out about it. Dwight Gooden is another, Steve Howe, etc. Josh is just as talented, if not more, than any of them. But that does not matter when it comes to this type of disease. He’ll either keep it together or he won’t.

    In the meantime I will still draft him in the early (but not too early) rounds as an injury prone but extremely talented hitter that can carry a fantasy team when he is on the field. If I were a Ranger fan I would root for him to get us back to the WS for the 3rd year in a row. And really, isn’t that what should matter to us? The rest is his and his family’s business.

    Joe (65Mustangs)

  2. Corey D Roberts

    February 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I think the whole situation is completely ridiculous. In this world of round the clock sports, everything is news worthy. Back in the 80s and early 90s it would not have even been reported.

  3. myothers33

    February 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    What I find interesting is that his own agent is the one who contacted the Rangers about his drinking of that night.

  4. Tobias Severn

    February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

    For anyone who did not research the story more after it first came out you would think Hamilton was on a bender, that he was found in a hotel room with Jack and Jim and looking like Stu from H2, (who gets it first?)
    Yes he probably should not have had anything to drink, considering his history and yes, if he does have more control now, he probably should have limited himself to one at dinner and one at the pub because as we all know (say it with me) drinking does not solve your problems. But he didn’t and he also did not go haywire and ruin his life again. Give the man a break and time, if he continues towards destruction then chastise him, if not, then applaud him for apparently he has grown up some.

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