Texas Rangers: Why Josh Hamilton Shouldn’t Have Blamed Coach for Injury
Texas Rangers Lose Josh Hamilton To Broken Arm
As of Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers had the league’s best record with a 9-2 record. But they also received some devastating news when they lost star outfielder Josh Hamilton to a broken right arm for six-to-eight weeks.
Hamilton injured himself after a head-first slide at home plate, when he tried to score from third on a popup fly-ball.
Third base coach Dave Anderson reportedly sent Hamilton home seeing that the pitcher was not covering home plate. Hamilton told the AP:
“It was just a stupid play. I definitely shouldn’t have done it…I listened to my third base coach. That’s a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play I was listening. [He said], ‘Nobody’s at home, nobody’s at home.’ I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t want to do this. Something’s going to happen.’ But I listened to my coach. and how do you avoid a tag the best, by going in headfirst and get out of the way and get in there. That’s what I did.”
Hold on a second, is that Hamilton taking a shot at his head coach for being too aggressive?
Being aggressive is exactly what Hamilton’s game is all about. it was a needless jab at a coach that had a good reason to send him home.
Perhaps, he should have just slid leg-first instead of head-first in order to avoid a violent collision. But he didn’t.
If anyone should take responsibility for the injury it should be Hamilton himself.
Just a week ago, Hamilton was seen diving head first in the wet tarp of Camden Yards during a rain delay.
Now, I’m not spotting any coaches around telling him to do tarp dives on field. There are just fans egging him on and he obliged.
Once again, it was his decision to jump in head-first.
Was it the smart thing to do? Probably not.
But he did it. Had he hurt himself then, would have blamed the fans for the injury?
Take responsibility for your own actions Josh, that’s the next step in becoming a leader for this Rangers team.
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