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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. mondogarage - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    As we all no, professional athletes never, ever, ever, have problems with drugs and/or alcohol in the Dallas area.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Michael Irvin approves this message.

  2. a125125125 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    “Don’t make fun of Greinke because he’s weird. Don’t make fun of Hamilton because he does drugs. Leave the obvious jokes and moral high-grounding to me.”
    –Paraphrase of Craig Calcaterrra’s uppity non-sense for the day.

  3. rayfeathers - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    ANAHEIM IS NOT LA!! dont know why the fuck they are even allowed to use that name. they just so badly want to be the dodgers. how about the san francisco a’s? when does it stop? but yeah, the o.c. has thousands of bars for hamilton to lose his shit in.

  4. lostsok - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    My issue with JH and his addictions is that he was “cured” by turning to religion. Anyone that needs a crutch like that to stop self-destructive behavior is more than likely going to use again.

    Look at all the self-loathing gay men who, rather than accept themselves for who they are, go into the clergy. Yeah, that sure stops them from being gay.

    That is an imperfect analogy, obviously. If a gay person accepts who they are and becomes comfortable with it, they have as good of chance for a happy life as anyone.

    Hamilton is a degenerate drug user. There is no happy ending for him, and, likely, anyone around him. Now that his fortune is made he has far less reason to keep it in check.

    Hamilton may lead the Angels to the World Series…but it’s about as likely that two years from now people are going to be wishing they still had Torii Hunter.

  5. txnative61 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    I totally agree, but doubt he can hold off self destruction long enough for a World Series victory. That window has closed. His disease has progressed to the point he hears God speaking directly to him. These types of delusions are indicative of clinical Schizophrenia, or a break with reality. It’s not a religious question any longer, but a serious mental illness, and doubtful the Angels will reap any benefit from becoming his new enabler.

  6. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    you brought it up, Craig.

  7. mJankiewicz - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Do you honestly think this post is going to stop people from making these jokes? Just curious about what you think your impact on the world is. I don’t think your post will stop people from saying these things. Just like I don’t think this comment will stop you from writing stupid things like this EVERY DAY. You do a good job organizing all of the news stories and that’s why i continue to visit your site. But i’m really tired of hearing your whiney opinions. I’ve been reading your work for years and you seem to be getting progressively worse.

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