Given that Josh Hamilton is a grown man, it perplexes me that he has had so much attention after drinking a few beers at a bar and “relapsing”. My opinion plain and simple, let the man figure his life out for himself. This is not a monetary issue, every human being in the world rich or poor needs to take responsibility for their own substance abuse mishaps. Is a person that has a few beers an alcoholic? Do they somehow have a disease? No, it is Josh Hamilton’s bouts with other drugs that have driven the media into a panic. A man who has battled cocaine, heroin and various other vices, Hamilton has emerged into a huge MLB star and is the staple player for an up and coming Texas Rangers team. His story is unique, heart wrenching, and has a happy ending, or does it? A man who went from his grandma’s couch to hitting balls 400 plus feet in the All Star game. Josh has obviously demonstrated the ability to concentrate on baseball before, but can he do it again?
Can Josh uplift himself from the issues that drove him to use alcohol weeks ago and remain sober. This is not about baseball, and thats what bothers me. It may be that Josh Hamilton has a clause in his contract, that accounts for his issues off the field. Media resources act like they have the best interest for Josh, however it all comes back to his production on the baseball field and the cash that flows along. If he was a raging alcoholic hitting 50 plus homers a year, people would be asking how does he do that? The bottom line is Josh has to find it within himself to control his cravings. Media outlets need to realize that in no way shape or form will they be able to stop him. Last time I checked alcohol isn’t illegal, but it is the stem for all other drug use to come. Hamilton will be fine as it looks like he has a strong support system in place around him…. I’m pretty sure plenty of MLB players have a beer once and awhile? But can Hamilton control it? Is it really a “disease” or is it about desire and the ability to stop. What do you think?