To Dip or not to Dip…

Josh Hamilton announced earlier this week that he is trying to quit dipping.  He says that this is an “obedience” issue with God, and this is why he’s had so many struggles at the plate.  If that’s really the case, he seriously must be the most physically and mentally fragile player in the league.  I don’t know what it’s like to deal with alcohol and drug addiction, but I’m fairly convinced that having to decide whether it’s a sin to dip or not, DOES NOT make you swing at every single pitch that’s thrown at you.

I’m sure this is an issue that Josh is really struggling with, and I don’t mean to make light of that in any way.  Many of us have certain things in our life that we battle every day.  But, I just can’t see how battling with God over whether he’s allowed to chew tobacco has anything to do with being more selective at the plate.  It’s real simple,  you just don’t swing at every single pitch you see.
I think Josh’s problems was/is an attitude issue, not an obedience one.  It just seemed like for a period there, he really didn’t care whether he got a hit, an out, or even played at all.  He would go up there, swing at everything and then walk back to the dugout.  It looked pretty clear that he had no desire to make any adjustments to make himself better.  He was just fine going up there to flail away miserably at three pitches before sitting back down.

So, whatever reason contributed to Josh’s absolutely horrible month of July, hopefully it’s over.  He’s doing a little better as of late.  He’s 4 for 20 this month (August) with a .200 batting average.  That is almost 30 points better than his .177 average for July, but still nothing close to what Josh is capable of.  It sure would be nice if he figured out this issue and could turn back into the Hamilton we know and will need for the playoff run.

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2 Responses to To Dip or not to Dip…

  1. Ben says:

    Vices definitely can throw you off. Being a public figure is quite stressful because every fan acts like you’re a business commodity. That’s partly why there’s so much money given to pro athletes. Something has to offset the feeling that you’re a piece of property. With that stressor, in addition to a vice you feel convicted to control in order to feel good about yourself, I can see where I wouldn’t feel like swinging a bat day in and day out. The problem is that it’s blatantly obvious that he’s going through the motions, and I can only think of one or two other players I’ve ever seen flop like this. When Manny Ramirez was dogging it in Boston, he got a quick exit. I think it’s clear that this team can’t depend on Josh like they ideally would like to, and that’s just unfortunate. Moving him down in the lineup would at least shed some of that expectation, and I think that would save this team in terms of both their production and fan appeal. The switch to 5th worked well. Let’s try that again.

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