According to a Dallas Morning News report, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted in a Dallas-area bar on Monday night.
Needless to say, he wasn't drinking bottled water.
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Following that incident, Hamilton informed his family and the Rangers of his relapse, passed a drug test, and participated in a MLB-mandated counseling program.
The Rangers acknowledged this week's relapse by saying they were "aware of a situation," but would not comment any further.
Because of this, Hamilton's home run in Game 6 of the World Series - the one that should have clinched the title - is now a distant memory, and the previous uncertainties about him are once again back. Is he reliable? Can he stay sober? Is he a ticking time bomb?
With contract talks currently ongoing, the mere act of walking into a bar is incredibly self-destructive for Hamilton. The only explanation for his behavior is both simple and complex.
He's an alcoholic.
This will surely cause Texas to reconsider offering him a long-term contract. The same goes for other interested teams if he reaches the open market. He will be 31-years-old in May, and aside from the concern about when he might hit the downside of his career, teams will wonder about his will power, seeing as how it's safe to say every major league city has alcohol and drugs available.
As a fan of Hamilton's, I can only hope that this latest episode is just a temporary setback, and not a sign of things to come.