Josh Hamilton's New Demon: Energy Drinks

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For the first time in five games, Josh Hamilton will be in the Rangers lineup tonight for the first of four against the A's, who conveniently lurk four games behind in the West with 10 games to go. Hamilton has been sidelined with blurred vision and balance issues, reportedly caused by a sinus infection. His disappearance from the lineup came with some amount of ridicule -- Curt Shilling can pitch the World Series with a broken ankle and you run sniffling to the dugout with a runny nose? -- but that was before the severity of Hamilton's diagnosis became clear.

ESPN is reporting that an optometrist has diagnosed Hamilton with ocular keratitis, a.k.a. dry corneas. The cause? Too many energy drinks.

If you're scoring at home, this is the second time this season Hamilton's struggles with an addictive substance have spilled over onto the playing field. His July slump came as he tried to kick quit his chewing tobacco habit. Now it's caffeine. With Hamilton, though, it could obviously be worse.

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steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

Poorly researched and poorly reported.

 

It is a bacterial condition that can cause blindness.

 

Coco Crisp has a similar ailment.

 

Fuck right on off.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

One word Josh - moderation. Don't drink booze till you get shitfaced and don't drink energy drinks till your eyes dry out.  He hasn't cured his additive personality, just switched his addition.  I'm just suprised he doesn't chain smoke like most ex-junkies.

 

Next it will be a reaction between ADD meds and OTC allergy pills for a positive meth test.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Is there any question Josh will go bat-shit crazy after leaving baseball and not having that kind of structure for 9 months of the year? It's always something with the dude. He really is a mental midget about alot of things.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Josh, let me preface this by saying..I love you man.  I can't remember ever having the feeling about a playerman that I've had about Josh. When he's healthy he reminds of a young Mickey Mantle, he does stuff that humans can't do.  But when he's not in CF and batting 3rd for the lil Redshoes, I chew my nails to the quick and have trouble sleeping.  I will miss you when you're in Pinstripes or have a Oriole on your hat.  Vios con dios Josh!

TitusGroan
TitusGroan

Hambone has officially jumped the shark.  Don't let the doorknob hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

he needs a hobby. collecting stamps maybe. he could keep his album in the dugout.

Greg
Greg

All that talent and he gets the strangest "maladies".  Sure seems like he doesn't like to play if anything hurts.  Love him on the field, but I wouldn't blame the Rangers if they let him go.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

We got his best years; he's probably good for 3 to 4 more good years; but not worth the price.  Addition by subtraction. Bye Josh!

mattbs_1969
mattbs_1969

Curt Shilling can pitch the World Series with a broken ankle and you run sniffling to the dugout with a runny nose?  The only thing wrong with Curt Shillings ankle was to much fingernail polish on his "bloody" sock.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Rumpunch1 addiction is a motherfucker, especially when youve got it as bad as josh.  He will never be cured, only just controlled.  And as they tell you in rehab class, your addiction will just shift from alcohol/drugs to something else, gambling, pills or other things.  The idea is to not let the addiction control you, you must control it

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