Signing Josh Hamilton to a massive $125 million, five-year contract was a huge risk for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but it seems like he'll be just fine.
The outfielder, who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, has said that his support system will help him out in this city. He said:
"Support system is big ... everybody concerned about it being a difficult situation or a unique situation. Well, it's not. My support system is God, my family and Shayne Kelley (Hamilton's accountability partner) -- and all those guys are here with me."
He also reaffirmed what many people before him have said, stating, “(Trouble is) anywhere. It all comes down to choices you make. If you want to get into trouble, you'll get into trouble.”
That is very true, and when you think about it, maybe a big city is an even better place for him. If he is in a small town with little to do, drugs and alcohol may seem like more tempting options. However, Hamilton is in Anaheim (which is 30-60 minutes from Los Angeles) where there are lots of things to do.
It's near the beach, there's several hockey teams, the Lakers and Clippers are up the freeway, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and lots of other options immediately await him if he needs a distraction.
Besides his accountabilibuddy (to steal a South Park term) Kelley, Hamilton also has his current and former teammate C.J. Wilson. When asked about Hamilton's vices, Wilson said:
"When [Angels president] John Carpino called me this offseason, I was like, 'I will move next to Josh if that's what you want me to do. I will drive him to the field every day if that's what you want me do.' I have a lot of faith in him because I played with him for five years. So I'm not worried about those things as much. I don't think those things ever effected his play. There's a lot of guys in the major leagues that do a lot worse than Josh does."
There's no doubt that Hamilton will encounter temptations, but if his head is in the right place, which it certainly seems to be, and his support system holds up, he'll be just fine, no matter what city he is in.