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http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/report-josh-hamilton-had-relapse-alcohol-025323964.html


The report doesn't say if he was DRUNK, just that he was in a bar, having a drink. I understand he's an addict, but really, this overreacting is a bit ridiculous.
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Yeah. What I found particularly amusing was that the article even said that Hamilton might be the most scrutinized addict on the planet. #1, I doubt that very much; I'd be surprised if there's a whole lot of non-baseball fans who even know his name. #2, The article itself is heavily scrutinizing, so that comment is self-referential. #3, It's still just sports, y'know?



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I think you guys fail to see the point in this. It doesn't matter if he only had one beer or if he drank a whole keg and got wasted, he's a man who has had a very difficult substance problem to control throughout much of his young life and has had a relapse. I have heard of many people (including relatives) who have been clean for years whose sobriety totally fell apart after they had 'just one' drink. This is important because it can lead into a downward spiral real quickly if it isn't treated right away.

    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Yeah. What I found particularly amusing was that the article even said that Hamilton might be the most scrutinized addict on the planet. #1, I doubt that very much; I'd be surprised if there's a whole lot of non-baseball fans who even know his name. #2, The article itself is heavily scrutinizing, so that comment is self-referential. #3, It's still just sports, y'know?


1- I can't prove he's the 'most scrutinized addict on the planet'. But considering how many interviews, articles, and debates that have been based on Hamilton and his struggles, to suggest that probably only baseball fans know about him is ridiculous.

2- I would point out that particular article is from Yahoo. They tend to have some of the worst sport writers around, so I would ignore that article and read this (espn.go.com) instead.

3- Sometimes sports isn't just sports. Tell that to the families of the 70+ who died on a soccer pitch in Egypt this week that it's just a game. And tell Hamilton that when he has to deal with people scrutinizing every aspect of his life, his faith, and his mental state, especially when he unfortunately was involved in the accidental death of Shannon Stone. The man has had to endure a lot; those addictions nearly killed him before he even got to set foot in the MLB. Even a one time 'mistake' can't be taken lightly knowing his past history. I hope for the best that he can recover from this and hopefully have no more relapses.













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He's a grown man, who had a drink (or several). If he loses his job over it, or people's respect over it, it's silly and a shame. Its the off season, he isn't missing work, isn't missing games, isn't showing up hung over. It's an obsession with somehow expecting athletes to be super human that is causing this crap. Let the guy live his life, and if he loses his way, its a shame, but its up to him to work through.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    He's a grown man, who had a drink (or several). If he loses his job over it, or people's respect over it, it's silly and a shame. Its the off season, he isn't missing work, isn't missing games, isn't showing up hung over. It's an obsession with somehow expecting athletes to be super human that is causing this crap. Let the guy live his life, and if he loses his way, its a shame, but its up to him to work through.


Yes, the attention paid to this specific incident so far is over the top, but this isn't an obsession with just any athlete. It's an athlete who has battled an addiction issue that almost derailed his career before it began, and now as he goes into his walk year things like this can cause a team to question his ability to handle those demons. It's very relevant, but where you go from there is hard to say because the incident itself is so small and isolated and may just be a shrug of the shoulders by April.
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