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Josh Hamilton gives up his copyright claim to “Play hard, pray harder”

Jul 30, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton has printed up t-shirts with the slogan “Play hard, pray harder” on them for a while now. But some other guys say they did it first and they sued Hamilton over it. The other guys have prevailed. From

Tyler Mileger began using the slogan “Play Hard Pray Harder” several  years  ago playing college golf. He  joined up with Josh Eckel to start a  Dallas-based Christian inspired sports  clothing line that gives back by  paying it forward … The suit came down to who sold over  state lines first and Hamilton’s side  eventually decided to settle with Mileger and Eckel. The two now retain control of the phrase and paperwork to get rid of the suit  in the courts has been filed.

Given Hamilton’s season he was probably due for a new slogan anyway. One which revolved around ignoring critics and coming to grips with one’s mortality and age and stuff.

  1. jarathen - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    His new slogan is, “Hit like the player you basically replaced – Vernon Wells.”

    • timothynoble41 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      How about his food poisoning revelation, “Don’t eat fried chicken from a gas station”?

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Can’t wait to see all the religious snark on this one….

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      I already jumped the snark :)

  3. smoochytherhino - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Not that this makes a practical difference but it’s a trademark case not a copyright case. Trademarks are words, names or symbols used in trade with goods to indicate their source and to distinguish them from those of others. Copyright protection applies to “original works of authorship” i.e. intellectual property like books, music, TV and movies, etc.

    Come on, Craig. And you call yourself a baseball blogger…

  4. Chris St. John - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Hamilton’s new slogan should be 1 Corinthians 6:1 NLT

    When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers !

  5. Tim OShenko - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    “To everything there is a season, and a time and purpose under heaven.
    A time to mash taters, and a time to strike out.
    A time to make diving catches, and a time to recuperate on the DL.
    A time to have MVP-caliber seasons, and a time to suffer a rapid decline in hitting skills.”

    -Ecclesiastes, Chap. 3, Verses 23-26

  6. therealbigben - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    that reminds me I need to copyright “drink hard, sleep later”

  7. coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    “Drop a pop-up, loaf after it, quit on your team for 6 games down the stretch, K every time up, leave town and insult your fans…then bomb like Hiroshima with the Angels”

    Pretty long slogan for a T shirt, but he could shorten it with

  8. sandrafluke2012 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Does he believe I’m not going to heaven as a Jew?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Honey, that is in no way the reason any of us think you aren’t going to Heaven.

      • Reflex - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM


  9. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Oh good – a discussion on religion is going off track.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      So, I should *not* say “Jesus, take the bat”?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Not the bat you’re thinking of 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM



      • moogro - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Take the one-hitter?

  10. stex52 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Or Hamilton may run into another problem with any of that stuff. If you can’t play worth a damn, then no one cares what you think.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Oh, no, people will mock his faith for it. Rest assured.

  11. seattlej - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    1. Play Hard
    2. Pray Harder
    3. Make money off of a stolen trademark


  12. sportsnut101 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    New slogan

    I hit my weight maybe

  13. moogro - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Eagle to Turtle: “Prey Hard”

    Armadillo to Eagle: “Prey Harder!”

  14. chiadam - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Play Hard, Yay Crack.

  15. kalinedrive - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    What does “pray harder” even mean? Do you squeeze your hands together and scrunch your eyebrows and tense up your temples while you think really hard? Does God give extra credit for how much effort you put into your thoughts? It’s not the content of your prayers, it’s the power of your brain muscles squeezing them up to heaven, like a Nolan Ryan fastball versus a Phil Neikro knuckler. Yeah, that makes sense.

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