Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 2/3/12
ARLINGTON, Texas Texas Rangers All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton said Friday he wished that the hastily called press conference set up at Rangers Ballpark was to discuss a contract extension. Unfortunately for Hamilton and the Rangers, the circumstances were much different. Hamilton admitted he was out drinking in Dallas Monday, suffering a setback in battle against addiction. "It was just wrong," Hamilton said. "That's all it comes down to. I needed to be in a different place. I needed to be responsible at that moment, that day, period, and I was not responsible so those actions are mind that hurt a lot of people very close to me." Hamilton said personal reasons with a family member led him to the point where Hamilton was at a Dallas restaurant having dinner. He said he had three or four drinks and then called teammate Ian Kinsler to hang out with him. Hamilton said Kinsler did not know Hamilton had been drinking because Hamilton can be deceptive and sneaky when he drinks. Hamilton said he did not drink in front of Kinsler but the two of them went to a Sherlock's Baker Street Pub & Grill when the restaurant was closing. Hamilton said the two of them talked about baseball, family and life and then Kinsler went home after about 25 or 30 minutes. Kinsler drove Hamilton to his car and Hamilton said he was going home, which he did not. He went back to the bar and continued to drink. Hamilton said at no time did he take drugs and that he's already taken a pair of drug tests. "I've had two drug tests since Monday, so I have no concerns there at all," he said. "But anytime I drink, there's a point that comes where a switch flips and you never know when that point's going to be reached, whether it's the first three or four, or the 15th. And that's what's so dangerous about it." Hamilton, who did not answer questions in the 12-minute press conference, did not have a prepared speech. He thanked his wife Katie for her support as well as the Texas organization. General manager Jon Daniels was out of town but assistant GM Thad Levine was at the press conference. Daniels had a press conference scheduled for later in the afternoon. "I don't want you guys - knowing everybody out there who's watching or going to read about this think he's fine with it, he's not hurt by it," Hamilton said. "Well I am hurt by it tremendously, more so for my wife and my kids and the Rangers organization. They've been nothing but great. I appreciate everything they've done, supporting me. It's just awesome to be able to work for somebody that really cares for you and not just what you can do for them and they've been great for my family." Hamilton said he will fly to New York soon to meet with Major League Baseball as well as doctors for MLB and the players.
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