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Hamilton avoids alcohol in celebration of AL West clinching

Sep 25, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

We’re all familiar with the scene after baseball teams clinch postseason spots.  Champagne everywhere.  Beer poured over heads that are guarded only by goggles.  Cigars lit and puffed frequently.  Laughter.  Cheering. 

It’s all very cool and all very innocent, but not to an addict.

So Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who spent his first couple years as a professional baseball player fighting battles with drugs and alcohol, sat on the sidelines as his club celebrated its first playoff berth since 1999 on Saturday in Oakland.

According to the Associated Press, Hamilton changed quickly into street clothes after the win and slipped into a training room as his teammates enjoyed the alcoholic beverage scene.

“It’s exciting,” Hamilton said about clinching the division. “It’s a
proud day in Texas. It was great to be on the field and with the guys
you’ve been in the trenches with.”

But he wasn’t going to put himself in a compromising situation.  He wasn’t going to tempt himself with beer and champagne, as exciting as winning the AL West might have been.

Hamilton has been out of the Rangers’ starting lineup since September 4 because of two small fractures in his rib cage.  He is making progress, though, and hoping to return for the final three games of the regular season.  The MVP candidate was batting an incredible .361/.414/.635 with 31 homers and 97 RBI before going down.

  1. mrfloydpink - Sep 26, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    I hear that Ron Washington did three lines of coke, however.

  2. Klingon - Sep 26, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    good for you Josh Hamilton, good for you now get that MVP

  3. Chief McHeath - Sep 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    You have to commend the guy for being able to stand up to his demons like that, it couldn’t have been easy.

  4. Dr Paisley - Sep 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    But it was Coke Zero, so that’s OK.

  5. GATORCOUNTRY - Sep 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    With decisions like this for Mr. Hamilton, I predict a profoundly higher level of success than he otherwise would have experienced by making the reverse decisions regarding the topic of substance use. Its an absolute at this point. Once we admit some things to ourselves; we can’t reprogram our synaptic connections and get a different result the next round.

  6. RichardInBigD - Sep 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    One more successful day for Josh. One more day which is now unimportant. As is tomorrow. The only day important to Josh is today, which is the one that he must find his way through cleanly. Congratulations, Josh! And good luck with today…

  7. ndirishman - Sep 26, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Good for him.

  8. Randall - Sep 26, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Smart man, and an amazing story.

  9. Corey - Sep 26, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Congrats to you Mr. Hamilton. You are a truly awesome person!!

  10. rpearlston - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    We all of us do what we must do to get through each and every day, regardless of our personal histories. Good for you, Josh Hamiliton, for taking control of your life and using good judgement to avoid this temptation.

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Good for him to realize his limitations and try to avoid having to look into that abyss again..

  12. Utley's hair - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Good for him to realize his limitations and try to avoid having to look into that abyss again..

  13. Utley's hair - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Kudos to Hamilton for removing himself from such a massive example of the temptation he faces on a daily basis.

  14. username2.0 - Sep 27, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    one day at a time

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