Why Nolan Ryan Kinda Wishes Josh Hamilton Still Chewed Tobacco

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At their end-of-season press conference yesterday, Rangers brass mostly deflected questions about Josh Hamilton's terrible performance down the stretch.

Team president Nolan Ryan opened up a bit more yesterday to Galloway & Company on ESPN Dallas, at least about Hamilton's on-field performance. Ryan dismissed the idea that Hamilton quit on the Rangers but noted that Hamilton did, however, quit chewing tobacco, which had much the same effect.

Surely you remember Hamilton's mid-summer slump that he attributed, in vaguely ominous fashion, to personal demons before revealing that he was only trying to quit the dip.

"His timing on quitting smokeless tobacco couldn't have been worse," Ryan told the station. "You would've liked to have thought that if he was going to do that that he would've done it in the offseason or waited until this offseason to do it. So the drastic effect that it had on him and the year that he was having up to that point in time when he did quit, you'd have liked that he would've taken a different approach to that."

Hamilton pulled out of his summer slump only to be sidelined a month later when his addictive tendencies drove Hamilton to consume so many energy drinks that he couldn't see.

Given how close they were to winning there division, there are any number of scenarios in which the Rangers would still be playing. A clutch hit here, a better pitch there down the stretch would have put them in the actual playoffs, not the one-game wild card. They probably would be there if Hamilton hadn't quit chewing tobacco. But that's neither here nor there. The whole team blew it.

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TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I just *knew* I picked a bad day to quit amphetamines...

Aaron Dietrich
Aaron Dietrich

You don't quit tabacco in the middle of a baseball season. Hi, Im Josh Hamilton, Im a big dumb guy......Hamilton is not the sharpest tool in the shed

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Wow!  Nolan Ryan is a cold-hearted creep who couldn't care less about his players.  I wonder if he approves of steroids as well.


You'd think The Dallas Observer could better depend on "there" copy editors and proofreaders. "Their" probably all on vacation. Maybe I should get a job "they're"


To start the pre-season by being a fucking faggot about having a few drinks at Sherlock's, then be a a dick toward the Rangers in the press, then get a mystery virus, then be a total fucking faggot about quitting fucking chaw, then the ol' baby blues cause him to LEAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT ROAD SWING OF THE YEAR,  then be lackadaisical about everything.


No matter how hot she is, somebody somewhere is sick of her bullshit.

scottindallas topcommenter

"Given how close they were to winning there division"


I kinda think I would make a great journalist, though I know I can be pretty loose with grammatical minutiae.  But, even I caught that one.   Does anyone else proof read these for you, or is each writer solely responsible?  If each of you are doing this without a second pair of eyes, you're doing pretty damned well.


Josh ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

ChrisYu topcommenter

like when Keith Richards kicked heroin, he didn't write many classics after that. right Nolan?

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz bullshit he cares, he cares that they perform at a top level for the millions of dollars a year they get paid.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @mcdallas Troll.  A tired, pejorative term used by people who are intolerant of opposing opinions.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @mcdallas No.  Troll is used by pathologically intolerant individuals who just cannot stand anyone who expresses an opinion that doesn't mirror their own.  [Myrna did not need the Wikipedia crutch for her rebuttal]

mcdallas topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Wrong.

From Wikipedia:  troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.  (see also: Myrna.Minkoff-Katz)

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