Faith is a funny thing. For some it defines who they are as a person. It serves as the guiding principle of their entire life. For others, it is a crutch, a convenient excuse, a self-defense mechanism. In a lot of cases, it is both of those things for one person and there is no better example of that than Josh Hamilton.
We all know that Josh Hamilton is a man of great faith. We know this because he takes every opportunity to remind us of that. You can't really blame him though as he was a deeply troubled individual who, through religious faith, fought his demons and literally saved his own life. He would not be the man and player he is today without his faith. No matter how you feel about religion and Hamilton's constant invocation of it, you have to admit that it has served him well.
However, even the best tool can outlive its usefulness. That seems to have become the case with Hamilton who continues to point to faith as he navigates his current struggles. This time though the struggles are on the field instead of off it and the faith he is utilizing is not of the non-secular variety.
Weeks ago, Hamilton was asked about his struggles and the only response that he could offer was his infamous "Oh. Oh, OK." He didn't say it in so many words, but that quote was his way of telling us that he knows that he is struggling but all we have to do is wait and he will turn it around and we will wonder why we ever questioned his ability. To put it another way, we just had to have faith in him. We had to have faith that he has been a great player for many years and that he will be great again sooner or later.
What we didn't realize was that he wasn't just talking to us, he was talking to himself as well. Even Josh doesn't know what is wrong with him right now, or perhaps he is just blind to it as a result of his faith in himself. After his disastrous game last night in which he grounded into three double plays before striking out twice, the only response he could muster when once again pressed on his issues at the plate was, "It's been weird, man."
There is no introspection there. There is no insight to what adjustments, if any, he is making to pull himself out of this struggle. There is no suggestion that he even thinks he needs to do something different. He appears to believe that he is still the same massive talent that he has always been and that before long the talent will shine through. Perhaps Hamilton really is spending hours reviewing video of his at-bats and tinkering with his swing during batting practice and he just doesn't want to let on for some reason, but without him granting us that insight, the only thing we fans see is a guy who is relying solely on faith in his own abilities to magically cure him of his epic struggles.no comments