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Josh Hamilton spotted drinking alcohol at DFW bar

Feb 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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The details are slim, but they’re still cringe-worthy.

According to reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted consuming alcohol at a bar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday night.

It’s not clear what exactly the 2010 American League MVP was drinking or how intoxicated he became. A Rangers spokesman told the Morning News in a written statement that the organization is “aware of a situation” but not prepared to comment further.

Hamilton, a recovering drug and alcohol addict, is entering the final year of his contract with the Rangers. He also had a relapse with alcohol in January of 2009 at a bar in Tempe, as chronicled by Deadspin.


UPDATE, 11:27 PM: Fraley has more details: The incident happened at Sherlock’s Pub & Grill in Dallas and Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler showed up at one point in an attempt to drag Hamilton home. Yikes.

UPDATE, 11:38 PM: From beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “Sources say Ian Kinsler received a call from Josh Hamilton and went to bar out of concern.” Double yikes.

  1. skasome - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    The biggest thing as an addict to understand is that relapse is a apart of recovery and as an addict you are always in recovery. The biggest key is knowing what to do the next morning after you relapse and I hope he continues in his recovery.

    • Hands Four - Feb 3, 2012 at 4:14 AM

      thank you for this perspective. I’ve always found the “you relapsed! your Sobriety is gone! you’re back to zero!” line of thinking to be reductive and indeed counterproductive. Growth is *not* linear; a “relapse” does *not* negate the progress that came before.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        While in active addiction, I have found growth to be impossible. Furthermore, it depends on what you do about it. People shouldn’t be demeaned or degraded after a relapse but there needs to be an introspective look at what happened.

  2. skasome - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    What everybody is missing is that his relapse was alcohol, it is not excusing the behavior, however from being a controlled substance addict to relapsing on alcohol is a huge victory in recovery because it wasn’t as heavy as people don’t understand

  3. banjojones - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    The ignorance of the “leave the guy alone / it’s no big deal ” commenters is astonishing and rather disturbing.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      You got that right.

  4. wooooo8732 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    I love it..the whole God persona was an act..he’s been drinking beers for years

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      Yeah, damning evidence that the two are related right there. Right on.

  5. skasome - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    What is ignorant is not understanding what addiction is like and passing judgment upon someone going through an experience they can’t control. What is more disturbing is allowing someone else’s issue bother their day that they condemn an individual going through something they have never experienced

  6. seattlej - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Oh yeah… Baseball blogs in February… can we go back to chatting about Cashman’s mistress now?

  7. crpls - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    IIRC he doesn’t have a buddy since they decided his Dad may not be a good choice.

  8. spudchukar - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Be strong Josh, I am pulling for you.

  9. Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    I sure hope that it isn’t as bad as it looks. Good luck to Josh and the Hamilton family. You’ll need it. The whole situation’s got to be taxing on their familial relationships.

    That said, the number of comments on here talking about one drink not being a big deal is absolutely ludicrous. When you’re an addict—and you are never a “former” addict, since you will always be in recovery—one drink could be catastrophic to that recovery. That one drink could bring about a whole host of problems with your entire life, both home and career. I hope to Josh’s and my God that those people are not saying these things to addicts in their lives.

    Maybe after PFT’s fluff week, those jacka$$es will crawl back under their ignorant rocks.

  10. neelyisgod - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    He is of legal drinking age so no real story here.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      He’s an addict who is an ambassador in a business that relies quite heavily on public relations and appearances by role models—like it or not, they are and always will be.

      He also is a human being who apparently is in crisis and maybe could do with some support.

      So, yes, there is a story here.

  11. cleonslamminsalmon - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    So the guy likes to get weird drunk, who cares?

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Hmm…let’s see who might possibly care…his wife and family…his friends…his sponsor…oh yeah, possibly his employer…major league baseball with its substance abuse policy…his agent…maybe even Conor Stone….

      Quite probably more people, but I think you get the point.

  12. stercuilus65 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Have another drink loser and be sure to blame your “disease”. You’re not in our prayers and thank you for your service…

  13. rooney24 - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    My concern for Josh is what will happen when his playing days are over. He obviously struggles with his addictions. While some recovering drug addicts may be able to drink alcohol and not have a problem, he obviously is not one of them. But, right now he has millions of reasons to not relapse, yet still struggles. What happens when he is no longer earning that MLB paycheck? What happens when he no longer has a team appointed handler/sobriety coach to watch him on the road trips? I have no doubt that he will weather this little blip on the radar and get back on course. But, I worry for the guy when his playing days are done. Best of luck, Josh! One day at a time.

  14. dirkified - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    SHerlocks, shame on you… as a local pub you know whats up with him. They should have denied him service.. I would have..

  15. agelardi - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Be strong Josh & good luck.

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