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Josh Hamilton's Sad Relapse

The Texas Ranger superstar gets lit in a Dallas bar while teammates try to send him home.


The 2010 MVP struggles

By Valerie Tejeda


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Major League Baseball All-Star Josh Hamilton has had another bump in his road to recovery. On Monday night, spies watched the 2010 American League MVP drinking excess amounts of alcohol at the Sherlock's Pub & Grill in Dallas on Monday night. Word of the relapse spread fast, and teammate Ian Kinsler reportedly stopped by the bar in a futile effort to get Hamilton home. After missing the 2003 and 2005 seasons for drug and alcohol-related suspensions, Hamilton got sober. Since then, the 30-year-old has had two alcohol-related setbacks in three years. In 2009, he was spotted drinking at bar in Arizona, and attributed the relapse to a brief regression in his Christian faith. "I got away from the one thing that kept me on the straight and narrow, and that was my relationship with the Lord," he said. "That should always come first. Hopefully some good will come out of this. It just crossed my mind that night, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously I can't and this reinforces that. Since that night, I have not had another thought like that. I know it's something I shouldn't do because it leads to other things."

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