I really don’t know how I feel about Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers holding a press conference to talk about the events that transpired on Monday evening that led to Hamilton’s relapse with his alcohol addiction. On one hand, he has embraced his public role as a recovering addict, rarely missing an opportunity to promote his beliefs as a means for dealing with his addictions. On the other hand, such things are a deeply personal matter, and certainly not in the purview of people who write about baseball for a living.
Nonetheless, he spoke with an assembly of media members just minutes ago, and revealed the events that led to his relapse.
Hamilton has been having trouble with a family matter and went out for dinner to a restaurant by himself. While eating, he had a drink, which led to a few more. The Rangers outfielder contacted his team mate Ian Kinsler who arrived later, but wasn’t made aware of Hamilton’s drinking. They hung out at another establishment after the restaurant had closed and after thirty minutes, Kinsler drove Hamilton to a destination that he requested. After getting dropped off, Hamilton returned to the establishment that they had just left and continued drinking.
Whether necessary or not, full credit should go to Hamilton for publicly taking responsibility for his actions. He went on to say the following:
- I had a weak moment on Monday night.
- Anytime I drink, there’s a point where the switch flips. You never know the point where that’s going to be reached.
- It was just wrong. That’s all it comes down to. I needed to be in a different place. I needed to be responsible … I was not responsible.
- As far as baseball and the Rangers, they’ve shown nothing but support and will continue to support me.
- I’m getting to the point where I understand I can’t take a break from my recovery.
- I’ve put my wife through a lot in our marriage. She’s a very strong woman. It’s about time I become the strong one in our relationship.
- For everybody who I’ve hurt, for everybody, fans, kids, people who have addictions and look up to me, I apologize.
- Sorry it had to be this way. It would have been nice if we were talking about a contract. That will have to go on the back burner for a little while.