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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Phenom: Part 2


The Red Sox are in the process of getting waxed by Doc Halladay and the Blue Jays, the Yankees are tied with the Devil Rays as I type this, and my wife and her dislocated rib have got me stressed to my limit as I take care of the kids.

So I'm not gonna write about the Sox tonight: I figure that they leave for Baltimore and New York after tonight, and I'm sure I'll have plenty of good material. Just wanted to spread a little sunshine and give an update on one of my favorite posts I've done since I started this train wreck of a blog.

A little while back I did a post on Josh Hamilton, a North Carolina boy whose career was seemingly over after a long battle with some personal demons: I'm happy to say he has started off the year as the guy getting my vote for comeback player of the year.

.289AVG, 5HR, 11RBI, 8BB, 2 2B, and 1SB all in 14 games. Finally, after all the Bonds B.S., the BALCO scandal, and another year of TV cameras catching Joe Torre with his finger farther up his nose than I EVER thought possible, a feel-good story.

I didn't say ending, because as we've all found out by now, sometimes the happy endings never come. See Gooden, D and Strawberry, D for no further proof. Still, it is SO good to see this guy seemingly get his career, and more important, his LIFE, back on track.

So on a night when the boys are seemingly heading for a loss and the Yankees a win, I wanted to write about something a little positive.

I think a young man whose life had gone horribly off course yet seems to have turned it around qualifies as that.

62 comments:

KAYLEE said...

Thank you for getting to a different subject i wantta just think about other happy things tonight instead of the sox:D

Mattie said...

Man, I'm really happy for Josh Hamilton. I've found myself searching the NL box scores to see what he's done each night. And I usually could care less about the NL.

I really hope he makes it. I hope there is no Strawberry or Gooden ending in his future. I hope he stays clean...I hope...

That's for you, Red.

KAYLEE said...

I am cringing watching the 43 year old Randy Johnson pitch.

KAYLEE said...

i like players like josh hamilton:D

Ted D said...

Thanks Andy: I'm doing the same thing. Whenever the Reds play, I always go to the game to see if he's playing that night.

I REALLY hope he can be the one guy who beats the demon's back. Sounds like he's doing well so far.

And when did the Blue Jays decide that playing the Red Sox should be as easy as Duke playing the sisters of the poor in basketball?

This SUCKS.

KAYLEE said...

LETS hope schill and BECKETT can end our misery in BALTIMORE:D

KAYLEE said...

WHY AM I SO MELLOW TONIGHT? Perhaps cause I didnt have any caffeine yet.

Mattie said...

Kaylee, resist! If you've made it this far in the day w/out caffine, you can make it longer still!

KAYLEE said...

I know i am trying to resist it.

Ted D said...

Well, the Sox lost but so did the Yankees.

If I've got my facts straight, it's Schill and Beckett, like Kaylee said, vs. the O's, then Daisuke, Wake, and Julian for the Yankee games.

Hmm...

KAYLEE said...

CAN DAISUKE AND WAKE GIVE US THE SAME RESULTS? ID LOVE THAT!

Tex said...

Nice recover Ted. Drugs are such a dangerous thing that can ruin people's lives and those around them. its amazing how they can get ahold of a person's soul. Nothing else matters...even if they have THE WORLD in front of them. Prayers go out to Josh...for his success..not just in baseball but in getting through his demons.

KAYLEE said...

MATTIE,I wont hurt your dog:D

Ted D said...

Thanks Tex.

Kaylee, why are you threatning Rusty? I love that dog and have never even seen it.

Anything that get's Corn Muffin's goat as bad as Rusty is a friend of mine.

KAYLEE said...

NO...TED I told mattie on hiss blog that I can help rusty behave and he told me to stay away from RUSTY!

KAYLEE said...

I MAY BE INSANE BUT NOT ENOUGH TO THREATEN A DOG TED:D

Mattie said...

Rusty is good to go. We're heading to the vet tomorrow to get heartworms taken care of.

KAYLEE said...

HOW CAN YOU LIKE A DOG IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT?

KAYLEE said...

the only dogs i threaten are pitbulls and labs:-)

Ted D said...

Kaylee, I like Rusty because he gives Raisin Bran fits.

Keep up now Kaylee.

KAYLEE said...

I am lagging behind tonight because mattie is making me stay away from the caffine.

Mattie said...

I was working on a new blog, but my thoughts just aren't coming out right. Deep end stuff...

I'm calling it quits for tonight. See you all tomorrow evening, I'm sure.

Peace out

KAYLEE said...

NIGHT MATTIE:-)

Ted D said...

See ya Corn Meal.

Tex said...

no deep pool for me...just alittle something about an old friend of the Sox

KAYLEE said...

OKAY I THINK I SHOULD GO TO BED:D

scott h said...

Hey where is everbody? You guys are a bunch of old folkies!

KAYLEE said...
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KAYLEE said...

SCOTT:WE ARE ON OTHER BLOGS TALKING ABOUT BAD TOPICS

Ted D said...

Still here bub: just fading fast.

I have GOT to get to be before midnight.

KAYLEE said...

I feel better off caffine.

Ted D said...

of course, get to be means "get to bed".

::sighs::

KAYLEE said...

TED YOU NEED sleep when you start spelling wrong me and scott do it all the time but you its rare!

scott h said...

Hey Kaylee I will let you know when I want to be in the same boat as you!
Jr. do you get to go back to work tomorrow or are you staying home to play whiffle ball with the boys

scott h said...

In fact Kaylee, when I do it , its because I am in a hurry. Not trying to create my own language!!! Like some who will remain nameless.

KAYLEE said...

OKAY SCOTT I know you will never want to be in the same boat as me:D

KAYLEE said...

NIGHT!I WILL BE BACK TOMORROW NIGHT!

KAYLEE said...

i dont know if i should watch this game I am not in a baseball mood:-)

KAYLEE said...

WE GET PETTITE NOW CAUSE THEY GOT RAINED OUT TONIGHT!YAY!WE LOVE HIM:D

Christine E. said...

Hello All:

Thanks for the update on Josh, its nice to know he is staying on the path--the battle with addiction is all day every day kind of thing--good to know he is doing well...

One happy thing--the Skanks had an 0-5 road trip....tehehehe

Hope everyone is well....

Go Sox!

KAYLEE said...

At least the sox are winning so I wnt complain too much:-)

KAYLEE said...

I knew I shoulpdnt have opened my mouth....UGH TEJADA HOMERED 1-1.

KAYLEE said...

*shouldnt

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KAYLEE said...

JOSH hamilton just homered for cincinati okay just had to say it:-)

Ted D said...

4-1 Sox, and Schill is in for the 8th having thrown 81 pitches: good game for Schill. And the Yankees were rained out today, so that ensures they will be in last place for at least another day.

Hi Christine, thanks for your comments: I REALLY hope this kid can make it. It sounds like they have the support people around him to give him what he needs.

Kaylee, Kaylee, Kaylee.. what more can I say?

Ted D said...

Kaylee, you were typing when I was:

You made my night: good for Josh.

KAYLEE said...

I have a headdache and I am pretty sure I gave it to myself is that possible?

KAYLEE said...

haha i thought you might like to hear that.

KAYLEE said...

josh hamilton is cute thats why i like him:-)

Christine E. said...

I know it won't last, but can I tell you how happy it makes me that the Skanks are in LAST? LOL

KAYLEE said...

hey I enjoy every minute that the yankees are in lastthe wont be by july....But thats okay as long as we are ahead of them thats all that matters.

Ted D said...

I agree Christine: gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. :)

KAYLEE said...

//Kaylee, Kaylee, Kaylee.. what more can I say?//

ITS THE lack of caffine!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine E. said...

Kaylee: Are you trying to wean yourself off caffeine? That will give you a headache...:-(

KAYLEE said...

//Kaylee: Are you trying to wean yourself off caffeine?//


YES christine I am unfortantely.

Christine E. said...

I should only last a couple of days...drink LOTS of water....:-) and hang in there..:-)

KAYLEE said...

OKAY i am I am not doing it for my sake I am doing it for my mothers sake she cant stand me on caffine well she cant stand meperiod but definately not on caffeine.

KAYLEE said...

THAT GAME WAS SO NICE TO WATCH NICE WIN BOYS!

KAYLEE said...

WHERE IS SCOTT TONIGHT? oh wait A minute is he at church?

Ted D said...

Yeah Kaylee, him and Corn Meal are most likely at church.

KAYLEE said...

OKAY.