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Texas writers still not letting go of the Josh Hamilton thing

May 6, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

First I saw this, from the Texas-based Richard Justice:


Then the Dallas Morning News page picked it up as if it were relevant. Adding near the end, by the way, that the Angels are drawing only 674 fewer fans a game with a far crappier team. Then they did a “look how badly Josh Hamilton is sucking” post. That goes along with this, this and this, all recent.

I know a lot of local papers keep tabs on past stars — if a guy played one inning of a 20 year career in pinstripes New York papers will write “Former Yankee ____ dies” when he passes — but the DMN’s focus on Josh Hamilton shows no signs of letting up.

  1. danaking - May 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I am so freaking old, I can remember when newspapers used more words on the games than on this National Sports Inquirer BS.

    • forsch31 - May 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Actually, newspapers used the same amount of words on the games that they do now. They just didn’t have Internet space back then to fill, too.

      • denny65 - May 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I’ve heard of newspapers.

  2. fanofevilempire - May 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    wtf is Richard Justice?

    • proudlycanadian - May 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Try Google or just read the Wiki article about him.

    • mdpickles - May 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      You mean Dick Justice?

      • Jonestein - May 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Pretty sure I have that on VHS somewhere.

      • caeser12 - May 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Now that was a good movie.

    • kevinbnyc - May 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      As if it needed to be stated that Richard Justice was based in Texas.

  3. stex52 - May 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Justice was a pretty good sports guy at the Houston Chronicle for years.

    Too bad he’s gotten into whining.

  4. pellypell - May 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    @richardjustice is like my ex wife, she couldn’t just let things go.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Well, except for you, it seems. 😉

      • pellypell - May 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Touché , although it was I that showed her the walking papers.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Dude, I didn’t mean that to hurt your feelers. I was just being funny. I’m sure you’re glad about it. I’m in the same boat.

  5. faulkner22 - May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The Boston media does this constantly with former players, specifically the ones who wind up joining NY-based teams. They devote entire news segments, articles, etc to the guys.

    • southpaw2k - May 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      I was just thinking about that. Maybe I just don’t remember, but I don’t recall Johnny Damon taking this kind of beating in the media when he dumped the Red Sox for the Yankees (after the Sox had just won the World Series, no less!). I’m sure Dan Shaughnessy had a few words to say to Damon, but I don’t recall anything like what Rangers beat writers are doing to Hamilton. Am I nuts?

    • gloccamorra - May 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      The Boston sports media is, and has been for generations, the worst in the history of the United States, and parts of Canada. That’s what Ted Williams said.

      Anyway, the Tex-Press was very gentle, circumspect, and all that hands-off stuff with Hamilton due to his afflictions, lest he have a relapse for which the writers wouldn’t want on their consciences, or get stuck in a headlock and noogies administered by Nolan Ryan, or explanations to that effect. Now that he’s left and mouthed off some burning bridges, the Tex-Press feels used, like a cheap hooker, and hell hath no fury like a hooker scorned. That’s why they won’t let go.

      • Jonestein - May 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Not to mention they are a bunch of idiot hacks.

  6. bigsdawg - May 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Far crappier team, dude the guys the have paid money for they should sell out every game. Hamiltons a girl, diva, p***y if you ask me. In the MLB section of this app y’all never talk about the Rangers or give the Rangers love so your opinion means shit to me.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      There is nothing wrong with being a girl. I was one once. Thank you. Also, your dislike of p***y is duly noted. If you’re at the upcoming Rangers-Tigers games, let me know, and I’ll flip you off in person. Have a nice day.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        “your dislike of p***y is duly noted. If you’re at the upcoming Rangers-Tigers games, let me know, and I’ll flip you off in person.”


        On a side note: You are still a girl Philiac. In fact…I refer to all women as girls (most of the time). Sorta like using guy in lieu of Man.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Or, you can call us women…cuz we’re all curvy and full grown and stuff. FYI, if I call you “boy,” it’s not gonna go well for you.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Oh…don’t get me wrong. Big…big fan of the curves. I mean…HUGE. FAN.
        But again…I use the term “girl” much like “women” use the word “guy” when referring to a man.
        Not meant as disrespect. Unless of course one is prone to be offended easily.

        Separate note:
        The Dallas media sounds much like the Knicks fans whining about the referee’s today.
        I know…basketball. Not your thing. But how about those Pacers!

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Asking you nicely to call me a woman.

  7. miketreedy - May 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Craig – sounds like you are the only one having an issues here. It’s not like this was front page news. There are lots of pages to fill in a newspaper. Maybe you need to let it go.

    • mybrunoblog - May 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I thought the same thing. We’re the Texas writers mean to Calcaterra during spring training? Did they “forget” to invite him out for beers or worse, did they tell him that they feel bloggers aren’t legitimate reporters?

      • evanwins - May 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Bloggers aren’t legitimate journalists. They can’t figure out why and then they go and write stuff like this, which is exactly why they get no respect.

        And Craig is a cheap-shot artist, not a writer. See any Michael Young, Betancort or Wells posts on here lately? Nope. All are doing well right now so he keeps his mouth shut on it. But he wouldn’t stop writing about them all off season.

      • eightyraw - May 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Dismissive of the journalism from digital-only writers is an ignorant position.

  8. brewcrewfan54 - May 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    He’s gone man. Let it go.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Some people have a hard time moving past break ups…and they still run into him at games and know all the same opponents. They try to look like they’re having fun and don’t care, but they’re watching to see if he’s gained weight or if his new team isn’t as hot as they are — and their friends think it’s old now but they still listen to Hank Williams and drink in the dark late at night on west coast time.

  9. mudhead123 - May 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Yet bigdawgs took time to comment on an article that doesn’t mean anything to her. Go throw another parade for losing in the playoffs

  10. sdelmonte - May 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Hamilton has become the A-Rod of the Rangers. Which is funny since A-Rod used to be the A-Rod of the Rangers a long time ago.

    Gotta wonder how much of this is about his personality, and how much is moralizing about his drug addiction.

    • miketreedy - May 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Well, didn’t you answer that question for yourself already. ARod didn’t abuse drugs (at least to anyone’s knowledge at that point) and he was booed. So not a drug moral issue. Hamilton is a head case and he really showed it after hitting the 4 homers at Baltimore in a game. Fans here don’t like players who underachieve. Napoli on the other hand continuously played his hardest and over achieved. He received cheers this last weekend when back with the Red Sox.

      • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Which is why Mike Scioscia and Tony Reagins conspired to trade Napoli for Vernon (Freakin’) Wells and his $126M contract. The Angels GMs (Reagins and now DiPoto) suck

  11. Old Gator - May 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Don’t worry about the Hamilton-schadenfreude nexus. Once the tornado season gets going in earnest, even spawrtsrighters will be distracted for a while.

  12. scoocha - May 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Good. F-him. He stole money for years in the minors before finally “cleaning up” a few years ago.

  13. beefytrout - May 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    In related news, east coast baseball writers continue to be pissed off that the Texas Rangers are a powerhouse in the AL.

    • beefytrout - May 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      latest evidence: espn has the red sox overtaking the Rangers for the #1 spot in the rankings… and that’s AFTER this weekend’s sweep.

      • 18thstreet - May 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Someone takes those ranking seriously? I mean, isn’t it obvious that it’s a way to generate page views?

  14. cowboysoldiertx - May 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Hambone just pissed a lot of ppl here off. Texas is like a jilted lover right now. It will pass in a few years.

  15. beerjunkie69 - May 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Hamilton is a douche. I hope he bats .200 all year then gets hurt and is out of baseball. Coke head.

    • evanwins - May 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      I like when “beerjunkie69” calls someone a “Coke Head”.I would write back “alcoholic” but it seems he knows it and is proud of it.

  16. fordman84 - May 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Local papers and writers only do this when you burn every bridge as you leave town. Anyone notice Napoli this weekend? He was getting cheers, standing ovations, signs of admiration… and he left Texas for Boston even though we made the exact same contract offer. The difference is that Napoli didn’t talk trash about the town like Josh and his wife did every time a mic was put in front of them.

    This isn’t an issue with the area, it’s an issue with a small minded ballplayer getting ripped for making stupid comments…repeatedly.

    • eightyraw - May 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Rangers didn’t even make a qualifying offer to Napoli ($13.3mm). Napoli and Boston had a deal in place for 3yr/$39mm before the physical came back with the grim news of avascular necrosis in both hips. At this point, it is rumored the Rangers offered the same deal as what Napoli ended up signing for with Boston – 1yr/$5mm + incentives. But to say that the Rangers made the “exact same contract offer” to Napoli as the Boston Red Sox is misleading at best.

      • youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        I think you missed the entire point he was making. But yeah, the INITIAL offer, pre-physical was considerably more than the Rangers were willing to shell out. Its also plausible that the Rangers had some sort of idea (though not specific in nature) as to physical issues he was having…

  17. eightyraw - May 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    North Texas baseball media is best avoided all together. After the four HR game from Hamilton, the outcry to sign him for whatever it takes was deafening. This past winter was filled with nothing but vitriol directed at Jon Daniels – for being a nerd, surrounding himself with other nerds, for not making enough moves, and for pissing off the true architect of the organization Nolan Ryan. Now North Texans are blessed with this nonsense.

    • Jonestein - May 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I live in Fort Worth and yes, they are f’n terrible. Dallas Morning News, FW Star-Telegram, and most of ESPN Dallas panders to the Cowboys-first, lifetime Ranger fan since 2010 demographic.

  18. paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    To be accurate, the Angels are probably drawing far fewer fans, they are just selling a similar amount of tickets. It is early, all of those tickets were probably sold before people realized exactly how crappy the Angels are.

    • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      I don’t understand people who buy tickets and then decide not to go to the game…but I don’t understand people who leave early or get there in the 2nd inning either.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Me either. I can’t remember a single time I’ve left before the final out. It is possible it happened when I was a kid…but I also remember us staying through rain delays and always moving down to get better seats later in games.

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        I find it boggling that people don’t want to get their money’s worth from a baseball game. Or else, others are more easily satisfied than I am. lol Now, I have been at routs that I basically prayed for it to be over so I could leave, but I stayed until the end.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        To me, it isn’t even the “money’s worth” angle. It is more that, I came to experience a baseball game, and that experience included (generally) at least 9 innings, and until then, the experience isn’t over….so I have no interest in leaving.

        Maybe if I had season tickets and went to 81 games/year my attitude would be different, I don’t know.

      • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        You haven’t apparently been to a 4-hour soul-sucking Angels game. The game moves at a glacial pace and yet not one exciting moment occurs, typically.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        I’ve seen games at parks where I really didn’t care what happened on the field (e.g. Boston v. Detroit in Fenway; Seattle v. Oakland in Safeco), I was just there for the experience, the fans, the food, the atmosphere, the sights and sounds of a park. When you don’t care who wins, being at a game can be really relaxing (even surrounded by Red Sox fans).

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        I thought that’s what the beach balls were for.

  19. Bob - May 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Justice is a hack. He spent his final days at the Houston Chronicle stumping for the Astros’ move to the AL, in spite of the obvious public sentiment in Houston against it. Once the move was made, he suddenly gets a full-time gig with MLB on its website and TV network. Interesting how that happened.

  20. Carl Hancock - May 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    What did you expect? Hamilton went out of his way to piss off everyone in Dallas. If he had just kept his mouth shut he wouldn’t be getting ragged on so much by the Texas media and fans. Had he handled his exit with more grace he just may have gotten a standing ovation on his return to Arlington instead of hearing nothing but boos. He’ll be hearing those boos in Arlington for the rest of his career. Stupid athletes.

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