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.