Rangers GM on Hamilton's Addiction: "This Is Not a Baseball Story." This is Real Life.

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Josh Hamilton at his press conference today: "Once I do drink, I can be very deceptive, very sneaky in a lot of ways."
An hour and a half after Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton met the media to address the fact that, yes, he did have a few drinks earlier this week, team general manager Jon Daniels hopped on the phone with local media. Hamilton took no questions; Daniels had no choice. And almost immediately, a reporter asked the inevitable: Will revelations that Hamilton has once more succumbed to his addiction affect his future as a Texas Ranger?

"I just want to be clear on something: This is not a baseball story," Daniels said, his voice clear and firm. "This is something that is real, that Josh deals with -- an addiction." The GM said that for now, at least, the team is separating Hamilton's relapse from any talks of a contract extension.

"You can't completely do that, I understand," he allowed. "But we have more important things to deal with."

It's Hamilton's second public relapse in three years, the last occurring in January 2009 in Arizona. Daniels acknowledged the parallels of the two relapses, as January is generally the most unstructured part of the year for baseball players.

Still, Daniels was both fiercely loyal and coy through the conference. Although he admitted speaking to Hamilton on Tuesday about his star's Monday relapse, he didn't divulge whether the Rangers would take disciplinary action, saying it largely depended on Hamilton's trip to New York to be evaluated by the MLB's substance abuse program.

Earlier, at a packed-house press conference at the Ballpark, Hamilton called his relapse "a moment of weakness" that happened because of a "personal reason with a family member." He would expound on the drinking, but not what led to it. And he took no questions.

Hamilton was contrite as he sat in front of dozens of reporters and cameramen capturing the slugger's confession. He apologized to his family, wife Katie and their three daughters; to his friends; to his teammates and fans.

He said he was out at dinner and had three or four drinks before calling Ian Kinsler, asking him to meet at Sherlock's. Hamilton and Daniels maintained that Hamilton didn't drink in front of Kinsler, and Kinsler didn't know he had been drinking. Hamilton said he'd passed two drug tests this week.

"It was just wrong. That's all it comes down to," Hamilton said. "I needed to be at a different place. I needed to be responsible. I was not responsible. Those actions of mine have hurt a lot of people I'm very close to."

That includes Rangers higher-ups.

"We're a family," Daniels said about his team. "When someone in your family has an issue, makes a mistake, screws up, however you want to call it, there are a lot of emotions involved. The overriding emotion was concern for Josh and his family. The first thought was to make sure everyone is OK."



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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

This sucks, but it is the lay of the land. Stay Hard Josh, maybe check out AA and stay away from them Beera and loose NDallasans..move out here to the West young man!

Guesto
Guesto

Go green. No hangover, carbs and not nearly as addictive.

CollinBabs
CollinBabs

Um...I wish this could have been handled differently. Like a simple statement issued, no press conference, and the family (and Rangers organization) deals with the difficulties in private. I know he's a public figure, I know he's written a book, I know the professed strength of his religious convictions, and perhaps he needs to be public about this admission as some part of addiction therapy/psychological protocol, but I can't help but wish this could just be handled quietly behind the scenes. The media will speculate, people will shop their pics -- one girl tweeted that she "felt him up" -- and we'll hear that icky side of it all anyway. I appreciate Josh wanting his fans to hear it from him, though. But part of me wanted to scream "just grow up and go deal with this - you've got a lot of work to do to heal yourself and family!" He is certainly raising awareness of addiction as a disease which must be battled daily, and that is a good thing.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Tell me Josh, what was Jesus drinking that day?  He must have passed out in the bar because he was not holding your hand.  Josh, in AA, they have something called a "sponsor."  I suggest you find one.  Yes, and when you do, make sure they are not enabling your alcoholism.  

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Relapses are an unfortunate aspect of addiction.  To Hamilton's credit, he holds himself accountable for his relapses and they do not seem to be frequent or prolonged.  His proclivity to use drugs and alcohol is not a choice, but a life long condition.   It will be one day at a time for the rest of his life.

Larry
Larry

Jeez, this is the lead story on WFAA new tonight? They read a tweet from some moron who said, "who were these people who served him?!" Are you kidding me? He's an adult. He had three beers. I understand that he's got a problem and he's trying to manage it. I also wish him the best. But the top story of the day? Him getting grilled for going to a bar? Give me a break!!

Colin Z
Colin Z

Do the Rangers have a new press conference area?  Looks nice and clean without a bunch of tacky logos (except for the tacky Rangers T, but that's a different issue) behind him.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

“Things happen to me personally that I’m not proud of , they are personal and being handled as that. … I did take pictures with people, and it was just wrong. That’s all it comes down to. I needed to be responsible, period. And I was not responsible. Those actions hurt a lot of people who are very close to me."

Dammit. I'll never get a pic with Josh now. Thanks for screwing it up for the rest of us people!!!!

Ben
Ben

Pretty lame of people to shop around videos and photos of Hamilton drinking that night. They want $10k for them apparently. People in bars are not your friend. They are your enemy.

Kergo
Kergo

Sad story.  

He went from probably 5 years/100 million........to say, aahhhhh, maybe 30 mil. guaranteed; to:

3/50....10 million guaranteed.  

ps-Peace be with you Mr. Hamilton. 

Yesterday's News
Yesterday's News

Because his personal problems are everybody else's business. 

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Good thoughts to Hambone.  Prayers to him, his wife and kids.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

You can take one with me shoopy, Ticketstock Friday night! Me and the wifey will be there.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

lame? Or is it lamer thinking everyone will be hush hush about it. There might not be video of him just drinking btw. Probably won't know until someone pays for the video(s). The guy makes millions. $10k to protect his image is nothing.

Kergo
Kergo

I think most of us know this, if not, yer dumb.

Guest
Guest

 Man, how will he survive?

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

When you write a book about your personal problems, they become everyone else's business.

Kergo
Kergo

He'll be alright, but, to lose probably 20 million for a couple of Bud Lights....that hurts!

Steve
Steve

To what degree??  So now you have fuckin' Carte Blanche to go up his asshole for the rest of his life? Fuck you.

Kergo
Kergo

Yup, first world problems.  My dilemma today was hiking at Turner Falls, or fish for trouties on The Mountain Fork. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

makes you feel better about $9 bud lights at the strip club.

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