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Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:35 pm
Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans

After his most recent relapse, the Rangers put their extension talks with Josh Hamilton on hold. Despite the way the Rangers have supported Hamilton through two public relapses, the former MVP said he doesn't feel like he owes the team and doesn't expect an extension before the end of the season, when he can become a free agent.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Hamilton had this to say (via the Fort Worth Star-Tribune):
"The Rangers have done a lot for me, but I've got a question for ya'll: Have I done a lot for the Rangers?" Hamilton said. "I think I've given them everything I've had, and I don't think anybody can say I haven't. When it comes down to it, what people don't understand, is this is a business.

"I love Texas, I love my fans, I love the fans of the Rangers, I love the organization, I love my teammates, I love everything about it. But I'm not going to sit here and say I owe the Rangers, because I don't feel like I owe the Rangers."
I have a good friend who is a Rangers fan and she's not happy with the comments, and I can see how Rangers fans would feel that way. On the other hand, he's been paid to do a job and he's done it. If the Rangers weren't happy with him or his ability to do it, they don't have to offer Hamilton a contract after the season -- I'm pretty sure someone else will. That's the beauty of the free market.

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Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:57 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I agree with him – he does not owe the Rangers anything.  Besides his performance on the field, which speaks for itself, the guy has gone above and beyond what should be expected from anyone with a substance abuse history.  He's been 100% transparent by basically forfeiting all of his privacy, has embraced sobriety, has agreed to have personal watchdogs with him constantly, and has been accountable on the few occasions that he "relapsed" (by drinking alcohol).  The Rangers are using the latest relapse, which has been blown out of proportion by leaps and bounds, as a bargaining chip.  If I were him, I’d refuse to play without an extension.  Hopefully he gets a long-term deal from a stand-up organization, something the Rangers clearly aren’t.

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:56 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

It doesn't matter if he owes them or not.  He should be smart enough not to make such a stupid, polarizing statement.  He should realize how easy it is to get labeled spoiled or egotistical.
I don't feel he owes them.  I believe he has already paid an awful lot and will continue paying for his problems.  If he didn't have them he would have been making more money for many more years. 
Maybe he should take another hit in salary for putting his foot in his mouth and making such an unnecessary statement.

Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:53 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I'm sure if you asked Josh Hamilton "Are you GRATEFUL for the what the Rangers have done for you," he would say "YES."  They did give him a second chance.  And HE delivered on that second chance.  Nobody made him do it.  Josh does not owe anything to the Rangers.  Baseball among the other sports out there IS a business.  I'm a Texas Rangers fan and would hate to see him leave the team but last I checked, capitalism and free will still reign here in the USA.  Give 'em hell this year Josh!

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:52 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

The Rangers dont owe Hamilton anything.  They gave him a 2nd chance that is correct.  However the more important issue is does Hamilton want to play baseball cause one more relapse and Hamilton is done.  I would not give him an extension there are other players out there that can take advantage of Rangers hitter friendly ballpark. 

So Mr. Hamilton do you want to be another flash in the pan who could handle most pitchers in the MLB but couldnt give up the booze and  that  would be another sad tale that would someday be made into a movie.

Why dont they make movies about players who werent drunks but were actual success stories.  If Hamilton does not give up the booze he will be a waste of talent period end of story

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:42 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I have been a fan of Hamilton and have wished him the best. However now it appears he is just the same as most pro athletes, egotistical, and think way too high of themselves. Josh, grow up.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:40 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

If the Rangers were smart they wouldn't resign him. What he owes them because they do pay him is staying clean. He makes Millions and is suppose to be a role model. If he wants to drink and do drugs please retire and do it out of the public eye.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:37 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Ummmm.... what could he possibley owe the Rangers?  It's not like any help they may or may not have given them is out of the kindness of their heart.  They do it because he is one of the best baseball players in the league.  Last I saw, they haven't gone out of their way to help any other non-baseball playing alcoholic.drug addict - not that they are obligated to.  Once Josh Hamilton's skills diminish, so will the so-called help.  Get your contract Hamilton!

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:35 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Dear Josh,
Wake up! With out the help of the Rangers you would still be only telling stories on how good you were as a kid and threw it all away just to get high. I hope they drop you.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:31 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

y dont texas quit babysitting him and let him drink and smoke himself out of baseball. u heard it here this infant will b broke and seen on the news at the age of 45 crying about his additions. screw him

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:27 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Good for you Josh because the first second any organization can get they would say they dont owe you anything either.. it is a business. I could not agree more. 

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