It’s O.K. Josh.
You made your mistake…again. You stood up to your mistake…again. And you walked away a stronger man…again.
What kind of perfect world do we live in to expect such perfection from one of MLB’s most darkest yet influential players?
Texas Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton’s drug addiction and alcohol abuse is well documented.
From a crack house to home plate is how the story plays out. There’s no denying that. Hamilton knows it. You know it. We all know it. Denial would be an easy place to run and hide after his latest alcohol related incident. But he didn’t run, nor did he hide from the transgression.
I’m sure Hamilton was well-advised to hold a press conference by a swarm of confidants, to include his agent, Ranger management, and family & trusted friends. But the words that came out of Josh’s mouth during his 12-minute apology were not advised or scripted. They were his own, led by his faith.
They were words of a man in deep pain. Words of sorrow. Statements of disgust for his actions. Words of embarrassment. Shame he brought upon people that love him the most. Words of tears.
But nary a tear was shed.
Hamilton refused to skirt the issue. No 12-minute tap-dance routine. No blaming the media. Just straight up truth and honesty for what he did during his weakest moment.
“I cannot take a break from my recovery,” Hamilton said. “My recovery is Christ. My recovery is an everyday process. When I take that one day off, it leaves me open for a moment of weakness and it’s always been that way.
He walked out of the press room with his head held high, just as he did when he walked in.
Hamilton doesn’t want a pity party thrown on his behalf. He’s not saying the right things because his contract is up after this year. Nor is Hamilton trying to keep big-brother MLB from suspending him.
He’s taking accountability for his actions. The Texas smasher has been given a pedestal in which to stand on with the expectation of showing the world how to stand up for your own actions.
He needs to be held accountable for sure. This embarrassment needs to be dealt with by the Texas Rangers. But Hamilton knows this. He’s ready and willing to face the consequences.
Hamilton has lived a life of nightmares and will be well armed for his next test.
Because rest assured, there will be another test waiting right around the corner.
It’s O.K. Josh.