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Please stop making “Josh Hamilton in L.A.” drug wisecracks

Dec 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

The minute the Angels interest in Josh Hamilton was reported, people on Twitter and in the comments started in with stuff about how it’s bad for a drug addict/alcoholic to play in Los Angeles. This kind of thing:

This is a nonsense concern for a few reasons. Among them:

1. The Angels play in Anaheim, not some crash pad in the inner city or some burnout rock star’s home in Laurel Canyon. Disneyland is there for cryin’ out loud, and Hamilton will almost certainly live in some gated beach compound. He’s not exactly being dropped into a den of sin, here.

2. He played in Dallas for the past few years and Dallas, you may be shocked to hear, is a huge city with a lot of drugs and booze and things too;

3. His substance abuse trouble started back home in North Carolina and increased while he played in the Sally League and places like it. It’s not like he needed the bright lights and big city to tempt him.

4. As any addict can tell you — and as common sense instructs — you can get drugs or booze anyplace. Absolutely anyplace, from the biggest city to the smallest town in America. It’s not hard. The battle is not distancing yourself from them in a geographic sense. It’s about keeping them out of your personal space, both physically and mentally. Hamilton will battle addiction in L.A. like he did in Dallas and Cincinnati and Florida before that. He could be traded to Mars and he’ll have to fight it.

So yes, like Zack Greinke’s anxiety disorder we discussed this morning, Josh Hamilton in L.A. is an easy punchline or, at best, low-hanging analytical fruit. But it’s also pretty frickin’ beside the point, so just let it go, OK?

  1. darthicarus - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    So what you’re saying is Zack Greinke is having an anxiety attack because Josh Hamilton is going to suddenly start doing more drugs now that he’s in LA/Anaheim/any city USA?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      There’s the narrative. Run with it.

    • ron05342 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      You, sir, are a moron.

      And quite clearly don’t care to follow the spirit of Mr. Calcaterra’s post.

      • atlrod - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Everybody wave as ron05342 misses the joke!

      • ltzep75 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        having read CC’s posts back to the shysterball days, I’m pretty sure darthicarus did, in fact, follow the spirit of the posts.*

        * well, he failed to bait philles fans, but no one is perfect.

    • vpettibone57 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      being in los angeles or texas has nothing to do with if he increases his drug use or not., and he isnt even in los angeles yet, and already everybody is already saying he will have problems. hogwash. he wants to win a championship, i think texas rangers dragging their feet in offering him a contract, hurt his feelings, they
      have feelings like the rest of common people.

      cudo’s to him and his people in pulling this off, without anybody getting wind of it till was too late, i bet tx
      thought ah josh will call us. hey tx you should have been calling him dont be waiting for that phone call.

      now me im not a fan of either ball club, this will surely make the west interesting this coming year. whoeee.
      my sf giants will kick their ass at the end of the year anyway…. wow

      whoee i bet nolan ryan is BIG TIME PISSED OFF LOL.

      • cur68 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:12 AM

        uh..what? Is this in English? Anyone know?

  2. buddysguys - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    he picked them because everyone knows Anaheim has the best rehab facilities….

  3. AK47 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Is it really that ‘beside the point’ entirely? I think the real problem would be the increased scrutiny of playing in a city as big as Los Angeles on a team with as lofty expectations as the Angels most definitely now have. I agree that taking a pot shot at Hamilton by suggesting that he is not in some greater danger to drugs because of a geography change is ridiculous — but things are going to change for him. The Los Angeles media is not the Dallas media and the expectations that the Rangers had to win a World Series are not nearly as high as the expectations that now rest on the Angels.

    • AK47 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      *is now

    • eshine76 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      The expectations in Texas were quite high – THEY MADE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES – twice. They expected a WS title. There was plenty of pressure there, whether it was from media, fans or it was self-imposed. I don’t think the pressure he feels with the Angels will be any different.

      As for the media, its not like he’s going to NY / Boston / Philly / etc, especially with a team like the Dodgers grabbing the headlines. Of course, Dallas doesn’t have TMZ on every street corner…

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Ha-ha. You said Pot.

  4. royalintx - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I live in Dallas and I can assure you there are no drugs, booze, or things here.
    I promise.

    • DJ MC - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      The new TV series says the opposite, you know.

      • number42is1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        yea but he promised…

    • vpettibone57 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      AND YOUR ON CRACK !!!!!

      • number42is1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM


      • seattlej - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Worst. Grammar. Ever.

        Just trying to read his previous comment made my eyes hurt.

      • abaird2012 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        It made mine water.

  5. tashkalucy - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    If LeBron’s mother could move to Miami………

  6. cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Idk Craig we arepretty gully and hood here in rough and tumble Orange County

    • El Bravo - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Excellent use of gully. I applaud that very much. One of my favorite words.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Yes, most cromulent.

  7. El Bravo - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Craig, you need to stop listening and then writing posts based on commenters that are virtually all Halladaysbicepts clones.

  8. DJ MC - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    At least he didn’t go to Baltimore so you would have to put up with a whole bunch of [i]The Wire[/i] references…

    …and, you know, whatever anyone else wanted to joke about, too.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Yeah, like it’s real hard to find meth, prescription pills or heroin in Texas.

  10. paperlions - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    MLB Trade Rumors posted this an hour before you did. 😛

    • number42is1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM


  11. digbysellers - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    You can’t get booze anyplace dude! I once spent the most boring night of my life at an Applebee’s in Salt Lake City. It was like a fanky maloon turd town.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      I kinda feel like you deserved that for going to Applebees.

  12. Max Power - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    All I know about drugs is that after moving it through Miami, they sell it in LA.

    (If I’m not mistaken, they also hide it up in Telluride.)

    • APBA Guy - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      And any DEA Man will tell you there ain’t nothin’ you can do.

  13. kruegere - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    More worried about him not playing CF anymore, he’s going to be a lot closer to those white lines!

  14. mikeinthevine - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Shoot, the dude couldn’t even quit chewing tobacco without melting down. He should do well on the left coast.

  15. ltzep75 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    And just what, Mr. Kilgallen, is wrong with sex and/or strippers?

  16. losanginsight - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Santa Ana is waiting for you Josh. You don’t have to try it just smell it.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM


  17. dosequisguy - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Now if only the Phillies could trade for Trumbo

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      That would be fantastic….not quite Michael Young fantastic, but close.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        FYI, I gave you a thumbs up at work AND at home for that one.

  18. modellforprez - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    C’mon man its all good. ya feelndiggnsmellme. HES A FUCKIN CRACK ADDICT YOU STUPID FUCK WHAT WHAT!! whatchu wanna do. NUFFIN….. ERNIE EARN IT!!!!! IRAQ IRAQ

    • ltzep75 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Just what in the name of Don Johnson are you talking about?

    • spellingcops - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Speaking of crack addicts….

      • abaird2012 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        I understand that constant abuse of methamphetamine eats big holes in your brain…

    • cur68 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:18 AM

      Is it my imagination or is there more illiteracy and incoherence around the blog than usual? I’m not complaining mind you. I find all the jibberish kinda charming. its like when my 3 year old nephew comes over. He makes about as much sense as some of these comments. Anyways, if “urteamsux1972”, or whatever his damn name was, comes back he’ll feel right at home.

      • Gamera the Brave - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Does kind feel more like PBT than ever before…
        I come here to ESCAPE those guys and hang with the smarty-pants crowd, thus making me feel smart-by-association…

  19. ginnitti - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Pretty sad that someone who “reports” by use of opinions has the audacity to questions others for voicing theirs.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Well it’s not really opinion, considering anyone who says Hamilton is going to “LA” is wrong, seeing as he is going to Orange County, not LA.

  20. kris20327 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    lol….but seriously, last time i was in LA this homeless guy whipped out 2 huge crack rocks when i was trying to get into a cab. Good luck Josh…. stay off the tweek.

    • thereisaparty - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Well with that anecdote (a scene that could only happen in LA! Just miles away from Anaheim!), I feel safe in calling Craig wrong.

  21. vpettibone57 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Give Josh Hamilton a break with having goog people in his corner. whatever problems he has had, obviously they addressed that with him., and still liked him enough to sign him.

    i agree with Larra Bowa tx is upset because he went to the Angels, they wouldnt be nearly as upset if he went
    to anyone else.

    but just in case josh dont you dare get yourself with in walking distance to any bar or even think about going to
    any hollywood parties, you dont need it !! just concentrate on playing ball. dont be hanging around celebreties
    alot of them arent the best of people to be around anyway. just stay low key, be around good people and you will be fine.

    • seattlej - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      I’m sure Mr. Hamilton will read this and heed your worldly advice. Thanks for passing it along.

      • artisan3m - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        If the Angels are dropping $25-mil a year on Hamilton, I’d imagine he will have very few “private” moments over the next five years. Of course, if he doesn’t pan out, they can take the leash off, let him pop a top or two, and void his contract. You can bet there is an air-tight clause in it pertaining to substance abuse. You don’t sign an addict to a five year, $125-million deal and not include an escape hatch when one is obviously required.

  22. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Disneyland, eh?

    Uncle Walt used to start every morning with a breakfast of a donut dunked in a glass of Scotch.

    Which, come to think of it, doesn’t sound half bad if you change the Scotch to chocolate milk.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Well, in all honesty, Anaheim itself is a dump.

      • spellingcops - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Well, in all honesty, all of Southern California itself is a dump.
        There, fixed it for ya.

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM


      • abaird2012 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        Freezing rain here … SoCal sounds pretty good right now.

    • seattlej - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Or if you change the donut to an ice cube… Though I actually prefer mine neat.

    • temporarilyexiled - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      The great master knew the true way to improve on the donut.

  23. darthsat - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    How is this any different from you trolling Philly fans stereotypically and then bashing them for complaining in the comments?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      My Phillies trolling involves taking some fact — an event, a comment, a move, anything — and then applying a snarky, trolly opinion to it, which I may or may not actually believe, in order to get a reaction.

      The Hamilton stuff involves taking some clear and blatant misinformation — that drugs are somehow more freely available to a millionaire in L.A. than a millionare in Dallas — and then applying a straight value judgment (L.A. is a bad place for Hamilton) that the commenter actually does believe, in order to make a valid point.

      It’s the ignorance and misinformation that galls.

      • seattlej - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        And also, it’s a lot more fun/easy to troll Phillies fans..

      • El Bravo - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        Trolly has an entirely different meaning than Troll-y. Just sayin’

      • abaird2012 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM


  24. joshsorensen34 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Let’s not forget Josh Hamliton once killed a man, in front of the guy’s kid.

    • spellingcops - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Wow. I think bad things are going to happen to me just for reading that. Really effed up comment.

      • joshsorensen34 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        I am only stating facts, lets not be blind to what really happened. He is a professional baseball player with an arm as strong as most men you will ever meet in your life. If he were not to throw the ball a foot short, that young boy would still have a father.

    • chacochicken - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Ouch, big difference between “killed a man” and “actions inadvertently led to a man’s death.”

  25. drsodrel - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Kinda sad to see the amount of tweets/comments all over the Josh Hamilton threads saying that he is going to become a drug addict again because he’s coming to LA.. I am very positive that with people like Pujols and CJ around him this is not going to happen. I hope that they hire someone just like the Rangers did to be his 24/7 sponsor. I have faith in you Josh. I think you made the right decision.

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