This was supposed to be the season that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton won an MVP, a World Series and then became the most important free agent acquisition in the history of baseball.
yes I’m exaggerating a bit, but you get my drift.
Instead Hamilton blamed his use of caffeine on an eye injury, and said that god wanted him to give up chewing tobacco, and that’s why he struggled earlier in the year.
Speaking of that smokeless tobacco stuff, Hamilton chose to quit chewing snuff during the regular season because he said god told him to. Anyone who has dealt with any form of tobacco and trying to quit can attest to how difficult such a task might be, and how it affects your body.
Well the President of the Rangers and former pitching great Nolan Ryan was on a ESPN Dallas radio show, and voiced his opinion on the matter.
“His timing on quitting smokeless tobacco couldn’t have been worse. 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. So those issues that are created that caused unrest, and it’s unfortunate that it happened and the timing was such as it was.”
Only Josh Hamilton knows why he does some of the thing he chooses to do.
I root for him to get past his issues, and I’m sure given his talent someone will pay him accordingly to play center field and hit 40 home runs per season.
Hint hint, anyone over at Citizens Bank listening.
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