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    Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    We all have those moments in life where we wish we could turn back the hands of time. Those moments that we play in our minds over and over, endlessly thinking about what we should have done differently. Moments when going before our loved ones with the incident exposed feel like the proverbial naked in front of the class dream. In these moments, we are vulnerable and we are ashamed. We are disgusted by our own behavior and we are overcome with guilt. The people we love the most give us their thoughts and explain to us in their sternest, most disappointed tones that we have done wrong. We feel like I’m sorry is not enough and it’s not. We know we must give it time and do better the next chance we get to make a better decision.

    Now, imagine having one of the moments you thought of while reading the first paragraph being a top news story when you turn your TV on the morning after. Think about the BottomLine ticker on ESPN displaying this terrible mistake every two minutes or so for the entire day.

    Imagining you are a celebrity or high profile athlete, “worthy” of such news is not necessary in my opinion. In fact, imagining you are would give credence to the notion that being a celebrity is reason enough to have your shortcomings dug up and displayed for the world to see. Which is not the point of this article. My intention is not to dispute nor support the idea that fame is a justification for total disclosure. My point is that whether this is an acceptable practice or not, it has got to be sickening. While I know that a great number of people that read this will want to go back to the fact that celebrities are subject to this scrutiny based on their fame, I would encourage you to think from a different perspective. A human, compassionate prospective.

    I woke up this morning to SportsCenter’s greeting as I do most mornings. On many occasions I have been awaken to a less than favorable report of numerous different athletes or sports figures. But this morning I was informed by my favorite news source (okay, maybe my standards for “news sources” is a little low) that one of my favorite baseball players had experienced an alcohol relapse. This baseball player as most of you have figured out by now is Josh Hamilton. While my favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs, Josh has a spot in my heart for far more powerful reason. I have an emotional attachment to the subject of alcoholism and drug addiction; and Josh is a great inspiration for me and countless other folks. I read his book “Beyond Belief” and have followed his career and recovery due to our common bond.

    I realize my opinion on this subject is emotionally driven and maybe slanted for that reason. This is supported by the fact that the news of Kobe Bryant’s divorce due to his idolatry (while disheartening) did not stir in me the type of heartfelt concern that the news of Josh’s setback did. I am not going to get on a soapbox and say that the media should not be covering this. I am not going to bash anyone for their opinion on the matter, because I realize there are people that are on the other side of this type of adversity. (the side of the love ones, the ones that have been hurt by relapses and/or continued active addiction)

    All I am saying is that while you are inundated with opinions and coverage on this matter, maybe you could put yourself in Josh’s shoes. Maybe you could think about how your family member, neighbor, coworker, etc. is feeling while they are dealing with similar matters. Instead of forming an opinion on the matter, maybe ask a question to one of these people in your life. How are you doing today? Is there anything I can do to help?

    This is a very polarizing topic due to the pain it has caused many and the misunderstanding that undoubtedly comes with matters we are not familiar with. My point isn’t that one opinion is right or wrong. My point is not to make anyone feel bad for their opinion. My point is that we all have made mistakes and for that reason we can all relate to what Josh is probably feeling right now.

    One thing I am very confident of in this matter is that Josh will use this for good. He used his past troubles as a positive by writing a book and speaking to people who have the same problems. He has touched my life in no small way and I am sure I am not alone in that respect. My belief that he will do the same in this instance is one reason I am proud to be connected to him, and I have never even met the man.



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    Re:Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Tl; dr.



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    This thread may set a new record for "Cool Story, Bro" pics.


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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    This thread may set a new record for "Cool Story, Bro" pics.
    That is fine by me...If one person is helped in any way or looks at it in a different light due to it then that would be success. Also, Thanks for reading!



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Good post... but for some reason this popped in to my head...




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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerdaddy View Post
    Good post... but for some reason this popped in to my head...

    I don't get it...please explain.



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    He had a drink. Whoopity doo!!! I will be drinking here very shortly, along with some lots of others on this site. Hamilton had problems in the past because he was abusing drugs and alcohol. Having a drink or two at a bar is not abusing. He had a few drinks. Big. *******. Deal.



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerdaddy View Post
    Good post... but for some reason this popped in to my head...

    I get the reference, just not sure how it goes with this thread.



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    In 1986, I quit drinking. For the next five years everything improved. I saved my job as well as saving my family. I fixed my credit and became active in local politics... in short I became accepted in my community and my home.

    It got to the point that I felt I could control it again. Everything I fixed in five years I totally destroyed in two years. I lost my job, I lost my family, I lost it all.

    I took my last drink 1994 and by the Grace of God, I am sober today.

    I believe I needed that slip to remove all doubts that I was indeed an alcoholic. I also believe, from my experience, that some alcoholics need a slip to become "stronger" in their desire to stay sober. Sadly though, some spend a whole lifetime of periods of sobriety followed by slips (Steve Howe.)

    The loneliest place in the world for an alcoholic is realizing they can't live life with alcohol, yet they can't imagine a life without it.

    Godspeed Josh

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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by xboxfever View Post
    He had a drink. Whoopity doo!!! I will be drinking here very shortly, along with some lots of others on this site. Hamilton had problems in the past because he was abusing drugs and alcohol. Having a drink or two at a bar is not abusing. He had a few drinks. Big. *******. Deal.
    It is a big ******* deal for him. Yeah, one drink ordinarily is not abusing, but for a recovered alcoholic/substance abuser all it takes is one drink to go on an uncontrolled bender. So perhaps you keep your comments to yourself on topics you apparently flat out don't understand. And no, I'm not an alcoholic or substance abuser myself, but I have family and friends' family that have told me all it takes is one to lose all control.


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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    It is a big ******* deal for him. Yeah, one drink ordinarily is not abusing, but for a recovered alcoholic/substance abuser all it takes is one drink to go on an uncontrolled bender. So perhaps you keep your comments to yourself on topics you apparently flat out don't understand. And no, I'm not an alcoholic or substance abuser myself, but I have family and friends' family that have told me all it takes is one to lose all control.
    No I do understand. When I was younger I couldn't have just one. I had to get to *********, or just before *********. ''Why drink if you aren't drinking to get hammered?'' is what I always thought. You just have to have self control. Stop drinking at a certain point. It isn't hard. You are a weak minded individual if you can't control yourself, and those people are weak minded because deep down they don't give a ****. They aren't trying to be better because they don't really want to be. Did Josh Hamilton get pass out drunk? Unlikely. Someone has seen him at the bar and tried making a big deal about it and he has had to face the media because he had a history of bad decisions when he was abusing when he likely only had a few harmless drinks and left.



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Who is Josh Hamilton, and what did he do?



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by xboxfever View Post
    No I do understand. When I was younger I couldn't have just one. I had to get to *********, or just before *********. ''Why drink if you aren't drinking to get hammered?'' is what I always thought. You just have to have self control. Stop drinking at a certain point. It isn't hard. You are a weak minded individual if you can't control yourself, and those people are weak minded because deep down they don't give a ****. They aren't trying to be better because they don't really want to be. Did Josh Hamilton get pass out drunk? Unlikely. Someone has seen him at the bar and tried making a big deal about it and he has had to face the media because he had a history of bad decisions when he was abusing when he likely only had a few harmless drinks and left.
    You and your "strong mind" are awesome. And you really don't get it. Who are you to judge anyone?



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by xboxfever View Post
    No I do understand. When I was younger I couldn't have just one. I had to get to *********, or just before *********. ''Why drink if you aren't drinking to get hammered?'' is what I always thought. You just have to have self control. Stop drinking at a certain point. It isn't hard. You are a weak minded individual if you can't control yourself, and those people are weak minded because deep down they don't give a ****. They aren't trying to be better because they don't really want to be. Did Josh Hamilton get pass out drunk? Unlikely. Someone has seen him at the bar and tried making a big deal about it and he has had to face the media because he had a history of bad decisions when he was abusing when he likely only had a few harmless drinks and left.
    No you dont understand.



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    Re: Keep on Keeping on Josh Hamilton

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Who is Josh Hamilton, and what did he do?
    Plays for the Rangers and had an epic run of drug and alcohol abuse. MLB kicked him out for a year I believe but got his act together and has been a good ball player. And he slipped and had a couple of drinks apparently this week.



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