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Josh Hamilton finally gets the T.J. Simers treatment

May 10, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Josh Hamilton AP

The moment Josh Hamilton signed with the Angels I began wondering when T.J. Simers would saunter up to him and do his usual antagonistic shtick. The answer: yesterday. And what’s Hamilton’s awful transgression for which Simers demands answers: he smiles.

Uh-oh, we’ve got another smiler. This catches on and we won’t have any athletes around town who appear as if they give a rip … Worse yet, and you would hope there is a competitor brewing down deep there, Hamilton comes across like the poster child for every athlete who knows he has guaranteed money coming.

It’s never good when the fans seem to care more than the guys competing to win or lose.

Because everyone knows that a player who is struggling but looks upset and angry is better to have than a player who is struggling and looks calm. And everyone knows you can tell how much someone cares by how agitated they appear to be.

Hamilton hit two home runs in the past two games. Simers credits himself for that, of course. The guy is just … man.

  1. kjericho43 - May 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    It will be a great day when Simers and Shaughnessy disappear.

    • Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      If Simers and Shaghnessy were like matter and anti-matter, we could shove them together and watch them vaporize.

      Unfortunately, they’re identically charged particles of garbage and would only repel each other.

    • faulkner22 - May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Simmers, Shaugnessy and Bayless.

      Sounds like a lawfirm that advertises at 2AM on public access.

      • goawaydog - May 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        There is a “Simmers, Shaugnessy and Bayless…walk into a bar” joke there someplace

    • aiede - May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Detroit would like to know if we could add Drew Sharp to that list. He may not have the national reach those guys do, but he’s our own reflexively-contrarian pageview-grubbing cross to bear.

  2. manute - May 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    These Simers/Shaughnessy types add nothing to anyone’s enjoyment or understanding of the game. The papers that employ them should be ashamed.

    If they’re willing to do anything for pageviews then do us all a favor and just run porn.

  3. randygnyc - May 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    The media thrive on local mega stars failing. Now that Hamilton might be starting to get hot, the media MUST take actions to keep him from performing.

  4. paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    What an arrogant, self-important windbag….he even takes credit for Hamilton hitting a couple of HRs, and suggests that it is him being a dick that has made Hamilton care, which as let to bet productions. What a giant dick.

    Just like Shaughnessy, Simers is begging the question (assuming that Hamilton doesn’t care because he smiles; assuming Ortiz is doing steroids because he hit well for 16 games), framing the entire piece on something unproven and likely untrue.

    • paperlions - May 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Ugh….not sure what happened there: *”led to better production”

  5. El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    “He has what most folks would want in an athlete. He’s personable and approachable, offering a pat on the fanny to almost everyone he meets, including sports columnists. He signs autographs before batting practice, after batting practice and Thursday he huddled for prayer with a young man who found lifesaving inspiration in Hamilton’s book about his struggles with addiction.

    But how about living up to expectations as a superstar?”

    I love how he puts that in at the very end but then throws in the proverbial “but who cares about that, f@ck you!” at the end to end the niceties. What a DOUCHENOZZLE! I hope they hire him as manager since he’s such a great hitting coach.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Douchecopter, even?

  6. waiverclaim - May 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Disgraceful Simers gets paid to do this. Can everyone simply quit employing this loser??? Like when he says “Hi, you should give me a job” just say” NO GO AWAY”???

    It seems so many sports journalists have done nothing to forward their cause, so they keep going the opposite way just to see how low they can sink.

    • El Bravo - May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Exactly. It pains me to know that more intelligent and informed commentary comes from this comments section on a regular basis than does the LA Times’ “Page 2” and Simers’ ignorant oriface.

      • jwbiii - May 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        Let’s remember not to tar the whole LA Times sports section because of Simers (and Plaschke). Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez are very good.

  7. hojo20 - May 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    John Hamilton stinks and deserves a visit from Simers.

    • jwbiii - May 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      How many MVP awards do you have?

  8. beefytrout - May 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    At least the Dallas Media waited until he was out of town to be dicks to JH.

    • lewp - May 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Not so much. I think we started becoming dicks when Hamilton dropped an easy fly ball in Oakland.

      • beefytrout - May 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Oakland is out of town, dude.

  9. Charles Gates - May 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I don’t believe in fairy tales or anything else like that, and even I find this line of questioning offensive:

    The Angels signed him to hit baseballs. The facts are sometimes blunt, but most fans probably care more about his swing than his relationship with the Lord.

    “Does it mention anywhere in the Bible,” I asked, “what it takes to hit more home runs?”

    “That would go to prayer,” Hamilton said.

    • deepstblu - May 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Actually the Biblical method for hitting homers is in Numbers 21:9, in which Moses is instructed to “put it on a pole.” Josh should become an extreme pull hitter and aim for the foul screen to curry divine favor.

      • jwbiii - May 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        From my reading of that passage, it seems the Almighty favors aluminum bats.

    • chumthumper - May 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      The quotes in this post are from another artical by Simers about Hamilton that this link talks about.

  10. charlutes - May 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Hamilton hears worse from all the idiots in the stands who heckle him for being a former addict. Still, what a joke of a writer. I bet you that guy has never gotten laid or been passed a a dube.

    • dluxxx - May 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Which is why I question the “douchnozzle” label. Now I may be completly off base here (and a little disgusting) but considering that this guy has likely never been anywhere near a woman’s nether regions, wouldn’t there be something more apt to call him??? No offense Bravo (or ladies).

  11. yahmule - May 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    There are probably about 100 Willie Stargell quotes to address this type of thing.

    “You only have a few years to play this game and you can’t play it if you’re all tied up in knots.”

    “It’s supposed to be fun, the man says ‘Play Ball’ not ‘Work Ball’ you know.”

    “Reporters often forget that athletes are human beings.”

    “I see a lot of people who love their jobs. I see some garbage collectors smiling as they go about their work.”

    And, one of his most famous quotes, upon being told he would be looked to as the leader of the Pirates following the death of Roberto Clemente, “There’s a time in a man’s life when he has to decide if he’s going to be a man.”

    Willie’s composure during the 1971 post season spoke volumes about what it meant to be a man. After just terrorizing National League pitchers all season, Stargell found himself mired in a slump that lasted through the World Series. After every strikeout or popup, Willie would return to dugout and calmly replace his bat and helmet. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, Clemente carried the team to victory against Baltimore in seven games.

    Eight years later, the Pirates beat the Orioles again and this time Stargell was the MVP and emotional leader. I know the way intangibles are gently mocked on this board, but anybody who followed the Pirates that year understand how much Willie meant to that team and the city of Pittsburgh.

    • pauleee - May 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Yay!!!! Willie Stargell reference!

  12. echech88 - May 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Simers is simply a gimmick. Without these kinds of situations he doesn’t have a job and he understands that.

    There is a difference between reporting news and trying to create news. Simers is on par with Bleacher Report.

  13. Jason @ IIATMS - May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Joel Sherman would like to put the smiling impact through his highly developed and finely tuned “psycho-analyz-ima-cation” machine and tell you that it’s clearly not in Hamilton’s make up and he’s better served on a team in a small market with nothing to play for.

    /digression The “nothing to play for” part might also apply to Anaheim right now. /end digression

  14. pauleee - May 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I wished the man well after the report of his illness recently. Now that he’s back to his former self, Go F youself, Simers!

  15. manchestermiracle - May 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Simers’ only transgression is in trying to inject sarcasm in sports, which most fans take way too seriously. If he wasn’t helping sell papers (and online content) he wouldn’t have a job. Just do what y’all do when seeing the screenname of some of the trolls on here: Pass over it.

    Whining about him, as though that would change anything, only lowers yourself to the level you claim Simers occupies. He’s over-the-top a lot of the time, but you can’t deny he is the complete opposite of the “reporting” crowd that fauns all over athletes. And that’s a good thing in my book.

    • jeffrp - May 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Oh but he will fawn, but in true douche-bag style he’ll only faun over athletes that play along with his games.

      There was a time in LA when Simers had a radio show that he did with his daughter (it was on during the coveted Sunday morning 6a – 9a time slot so you know it was good) and Kobe used to do phone interviews with them on the show. During that time in Simers’ column Kobe was The Man, could do no wrong. Simers in print sure loved him some Kobe. But then when Kobe stopped doing the radio show the knives came back out in the column: Kobe was selfish, Kobe was a jerk, nobody wanted to play with Kobe, etc.

  16. hisgirlgotburrelled - May 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    “I reminded him how inept he has been in driving the ball out of the park the opposite way. And I suggested he do better.

    An hour or so later he homered, but before Thursday’s game he refused to say thank you.”

    From top to bottom, first with the smiling bullshit, this article just, almost like infuriated me. And I coudn’t *give a rip* about LA teams. This guy is really something else. Who reads this stuff?? It’s not funny, it’s uninformative, and it can only be entertaining to small-minded assholes who LOVE to see others fail.

    And this jerkoff leaves room for when Hamilton goes on a streak, instead of having to say ‘maybe I was wrong about him’ he will say ‘you can thank me for that.’

  17. historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    You can hate all you want to but my bosses have all been the same way. If I look like I’m struggling with work, they think I’m really into it and they like that. When I’m chill, they think I’m slacking off and need to do more. Which leads us to that old philosophical quandary: is it better to look busy or be busy?

    • dluxxx - May 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Look busy. Sometimes I’m so busy looking busy I don’t get anything done!

    • Gamera the Brave - May 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      I hateHateHATE that I have had to learn the fine art of being busy and APPEARING busy. It offends me, but working noisily works at my company.

  18. insidefastball - May 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Hamilton is starting to wake up. He probably needed a month to get comfortable with the new team and city. He will produce a 30HR /100 RBI season.

    The real concern in Anaheim lies in the pitching staff. Anyone who thought that the likes of Joe Blanton could serve as an adequate replacement for the arms that they lost this off-season was dreaming. It takes a lot of runs to compensate for their rotation every night.

  19. Old Gator - May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I think Simers is inferring here that Hamilton is dogging it because he’s white. I hate it when hack spawrtsrighters play the race card.

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