I once had smoked those nasty cigarettes for 40 years. I look back to that and wonder what in the world was I thinking?
The smell, the cost, the health risks, just incredible I did that for that long. It finally took a heart attack for me to realize that hey, smoking ain’t that great for me. I was fortunate I could just kick those smokes aside. It was either that or die.
Now come Josh Hamilton. He’s trying to give up a little different addiction: smokeless tobacco, or as we like to call it here in Texas, worm dirt.
Josh Hamilton made a decision early Wednesday morning before he arrived at Tropicana Field. He is trying to quit using smokeless tobacco.
“Today is the first day,” Hamilton said before the Rangers’ series finale with the Rays. “The Holy Spirit … I kept waking up last night thinking about different things and what might be causing me to stumble in my relationship with the Lord. I felt like chewing tobacco was one. So I got up this morning and threw it all away. So when it is time to take a dip, I pray instead.”
From Hardball Talk :
And you think it shouldn’t be too tough for him given that the dude kicked coke, heroin and booze. But I’ve spoken to a couple of addicts before, each of whom said it was actually harder for them to stop smoking. Their explanation: drugs wreck your body so quickly and can bring you so close to death that — despite how addictive drugs can be — the crappy risk/reward ratio of doing them becomes clear way more quickly than smoking’s does. For the former, there is some fairly immediate “oh crap, I’m gonna die” moment. For the latter it’s a physical and psychological addiction paired with the mere intellectual realization that, yes, in some years this will kill them.
Good luck Josh!!
Josh Hamilton is trying to quit the dip (NBC Hardball Talk)
Josh Hamilton just came back from the disabled list for a hairline fracture to his upper arm. Do you think that entered his mind last night when the Rangers played the White Sox?
In a memorable eighth inning on the bases around 1 a.m., Hamilton slid headfirst into first base in beating out an infield hit, slid headfirst in stealing second and made a nice hesitation headfirst slide to avoid a tag on a wild pitch to get to third. He was stranded there, but he certainly made a statement that his body felt good and that he was going to stay aggressive on the bases.
“I see what you’re saying, but you guys have to have something to write about,”
Hamilton said to a small group of media early Wednesday morning. “If I stop
doing that, then I won’t be true to myself as a baseball player or true to my
teammates or the fans that watch me play the game.
“I just don’t get why you keep harping on it. Just expect it out of me. If I get hurt, we’ll continue
to do this thing. It’s ridiculous. I can’t worry about that. I never think about it.”
So what did all the sliding show?
“That I want to win,” Hamilton said. “Isn’t that what I get paid for?”
Ugh. I think I know where this is heading.
Josh Hamilton not altering his style of play (ESPN Dallas)
Dear Josh Hamilton, you should get well soon, and stay well. A potential replacement for you has just been signed by the Rangers:
Cuban defector Leonys Martin has finalized a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Texas Rangers, and the speedy center fielder could be in their lineup before the end of this season.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said there is no immediate timetable for Martin, who was signed Wednesday to have a future impact. But Daniels acknowledged that it was possible that the 23-year-old outfielder could move quickly through the system to the majors depending on his progress and the team’s needs.
Before Josh Hamilton broke his arm diving into home plate three weeks ago and went on the disabled list, the Rangers had already moved the AL MVP to left field and made Julio Borbon their primary center fielder. Borbon went into Wednesday night’s game at Seattle hitting .262, having raised his average 83 points by hitting .409 (9 of 22) over the previous 10 games.
I predict things are going to be getting pretty interesting in Arlington very soon.
Cuban Defector Signs with Rangers (MyFoxDFW.com)
It’s been awhile. Sometimes it takes time for me to conjure up enough things to write about. I get writer’s cramp occasionally and can’t seem to buy a thought worth writing about. Other times, I think I see all kinds of things worthy of writing about, but by the time I can get in front of my computer, the thoughts have escaped me. So at any rate, let’s see what we can come up with this Sunday morning.
1) Bob Hayes makes it in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s about time huh? A darn shame he couldn’t get in while he was alive. Imagine the only person to have won an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring taking this long to get in? On top of that, he changed the way defenders had to defend him. He changed the game of football due to his skills and abilities.
2) According to autopsy results, cocaine contributed to Billy Mays death.
While heart disease was the primary cause of death, a report released Friday by the medical examiner listed cocaine as a “contributory cause of death.” The medical examiner “concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and thereby contributed to his death,” the office said in a press release.
What gets me about this story is the Mays family wants a second opinion here. My question is why? Isn’t it embarrassing enough to find out ol Billy sniffed Coke? Why embarrass your family any further?
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ST. LOUIS — When the Home Run Derby begins on Monday night, there is certain to be a lot of talk about the guy who isn’t in it, a guy who, by the way, has never even won it.
A year after Josh Hamilton put on a display that has become the defining moment of his career, whalloping 35 homers in the Derby at Yankee Stadium, he’ll be back as a spectator. Although Major League Baseball would certainly have loved to have Hamilton return, he decided that, after two trips to the DL this year, it wouldn’t be a good idea.
From the DMN
DES MOINES, Iowa – The search for the missing piece from the Rangers lineup resumed in a state where the best-known ballpark is carved out of a cornfield.
But Josh Hamilton was some three hours southwest of the Field of Dreams on Thursday night, instead playing center field for Triple-A Oklahoma City at the 11,000-seat Principal Park.
But his field of dreams is Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Hamilton, who is on the disabled list after having surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, hopes to resume patrolling center field there and batting third as soon as Saturday.