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The Break Up Continues, And Other Wild Stuff

By Cory J. Mageors, 105.3 The Fan | CBSDFW.COM
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Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I brought the Josh Hamilton break up theory to light before the season began, in fact immediately after the Sherlock’s incident, and let me rewind to show how close to right I have been.

When you want to break up with somebody, but you don’t want to hurt them, you start doing things they wouldn’t be happy with.

Like getting drunk and showing your lack of commitment and accountability.

That in turn makes your partner, in this case the Rangers entire organization and fan base, skeptical of what you have to offer in the future.

Then you point out that this was never a monogamous commitment, like “hey I don’t even have a toothbrush at your place because I don’t want to have to come back for anything.”

Like in contract negotiations pointing out you don’t owe the Rangers anything. Watch Video

Then out of guilt you do everything you can to make it up to the person. Or you do everything you can to show every other possible suitor that you are still a catch. But just when they start to think, “man we have to get married to this one,” you start to coast.

Like hitting  27 HR, 75 RBI, 76 K’s, and .308 before the All-Star Break then hitting 16 HR, 53 RBI, 86 K’S, AND .259 after the All-Star Break.

This ensures that you can go out to other suitors and say “it wasn’t my fault the relationship failed, we just weren’t happy with each other. But look at what I was capable of when I was happy.”

Then, you go to the club and show off all of your moves.

So at this point, everybody thinks things are fine, this relationship actually could work out.

Then when it matters the most, you do it again. You show a complete lack of commitment to the cause and act like you don’t care.

Like dropping the easiest fly-ball ever.

The Break Up Theory has been Hamilton’s plan to leave without anybody really caring. Right now, everybody is so upset that he missed that fly-ball and looked hapless at the plate in a game that mattered, they forget the groin injury from last year where he played through and hit what should have been a World Series winning homerun.

It doesn’t matter what he’s done in the past because he even said it, he doesn’t owe us anything.  Now he can simply become a martyr who left for a bigger contract.

The fact is, Hamilton is still a huge talent, but in this contract season he’s set himself up for an easy break up where we might refer to him as the one who got away, or that abusive lover we just kept going back to.

We Miss Colby Lewis

I told Kevin throughout the beginning of the season no matter what Colby Lewis was our ace and Yu Darvish would eventually take it over. Kevin constantly said no way Matt Harrison deserves it.

Had Colby been on staff down the stretch, A) you wouldn’t have needed to rely on Ryan Dempster B) You would have won 1 of 3 against the A’s.

We miss his gamer mentality, his gritty ability to eat up scoreless innings despite giving up homeruns. And most of all, we miss his clutch post-season performances, 4-1, 2.34 ERA and 44 K’s in 50 innings. He was the tone-setter.

Yu Darvish is the No. 1 Stunner

He’s been a success this season. Great call on Jon Daniels’ part. He will be an elite Ace at some point. We said 15 wins would be nice he gave you 16 wins, 221 K’s.

Bill James says strikeout pitchers get better over time, and Yu is definitely a strikeout pitcher.

Anybody else thinking 22 wins next year?

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