NEW YORK - JULY 15: American League All-Star Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers during batting practice before the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Josh has a great wife. Any woman would have the right to be mad. Most would forgive, Katie has and she wrote into the dallasnews.com blog the following:
Hi everyone, This is Josh's wife, Katie. I thought I would share some of my own thoughts and feelings on the subject- as you can imagine, I have a few things to say. First of all, thank you so much to those who have a forgiving spirit and for praying for and supporting our family during this whole ordeal. I honestly appreciate it and I'm very thankful to you all. Secondly, to all those who "just can't forgive" Josh for this one night- I have a question for you: Why is it that I (his wife- the one whom he hurt the most, by far through this) can forgive him, but you can't? I mean, to say something is "unforgivable" is an inaccurate statement. You can forgive- if you choose to do so. It really isn't that difficult- and I pray that you can and will, in time, forgive him. Josh is a wonderful man, father and husband who happens to be human. We are all flawed and that's why we need a Savior. I pray that you all know that he is a very sincere individual with a love for the Lord that is REAL. Again, he's not perfect- this was a night that he's certainly not proud of, but I am very proud of how he handled it. He was very honest with me and those involved and didn't try to hide anything or cover up his mistake. That has made this weekend far easier than you can imagine on me, b/c I was able to deal with it back in January. Again, thanks to all of you for praying and to those who "cant forgive" I will pray that God will soften your hearts as we are all human. In His Grip, Katie Hamilton
Fans should forgive Josh. They have a right to be upset but forgiveness should follow. He did not commit a crime or harm anyone.
Josh's story was such a hit from the time the national media got ahold of it at the 2008 All Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
After the 2008 season, the Rangers slugger sold many copies of his book Beyond Belief, taped an episode ESPN's Homecoming in Raleigh, North Carolina, and MLB Network aired a documentary on Hamilton's comeback story so he does look like a hypocrite. Hamilton says he's "human". I think Josh is both, which most of us are.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Texas Ranger fans gave Hamilton a standing ovation at the team's next home game this Friday. In fact, I hope they do.