Who was it that asked me to write about Josh Hamilton?

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  1. sportschump

    sportschump Well-Known Member SportsChump.net

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    josh's failures [based on his past] were so predictable that would have been a surprise had he not relapsed
    so while [in the past] i've been quick to point out his flaws, there are others who are as [if not, more] culpable
    where the fuck were his friends, teammates, organization(s)?
    you knew he was a ticking time bomb and you -- all of you -- allowed it to recur
    shame on you
    and shame on arte moreno...
    you were all lovey-dovey with him when you thought you were signing an mvp-type player to your pathetic second-rate team
    but the minute he suffers personal demons, you jump on the bash-josh bandwagon and then cast him off like he's some type of pariah
    what kind of message does that send to his [now-former] teammates and the fans?
    but i digress
    josh needs help
    the kind of help that one cannot acquire away from home and his [real] family 162+ days plus spring
    and while i sympathize with him, i also find it hard to jump on the josh pity party bandwagon
    alcohol/drug addiction is an illness, but a self-inflicted one
    whereas you choose to drink/snort/smoke/shoot, a disease like cancer chooses you
    so all i can do is wish josh the best [personally before professionally] and hope those who surround him can do a better job

    good luck josh, you'll apparently need it
     
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    sportschump Well-Known Member SportsChump.net

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    Yes, yes and yes, Irish… BUT

    Ultimately the responsibility to take care of himself, to stop using, lies on him. He can have all the assistance and therapy in the world (God knows his therapist is putting in overtime) but if he’s not committed, then all that help won’t matter a bit.
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    addiction is all about a lack of self-control so it comes with the territory
    you can view it as selfish, but it's more about dependency
    if i choose to take a drink, smoke a joint, snort coke, whatever... it's on me
    but once the chemical dependency kicks in, the user is no longer in control
    how can someone commit to something when they themselves cannot control their cravings?
    common sense and moral obligations go out the window
    funny because i never used to buy addiction being an illness
    but being psych major in college exposed me to a lot of things and altered my perspective
    these people need help
    if i were josh's employer i would have someone watching him 24/7
    he needs help
     
  5. rube

    rube DSP Legend Staff Member Administrator

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    Josh needs Victory
     

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