Austrian newspaper headline about Josh Hamilton refers to him as ‘Ex-Junkie’ (pic)

Ouch. That’s cold-blooded, man.

And while it’s interesting to note that even Austrian newspapers are reporting on Josh Hamilton’s incredible evening on Tuesday when the Rangers slugger smacked out 4 homers, knocked in 8 RBI during a 5-5 night that saw Hamilton accumulate 18 total bases (an American League record) as the Rangers thrashed the Orioles 10-3, to take the opportunity to disparage Hamilton and discuss his sordid past when reporting on an occasion when he should instead be celebrated for achieving such a remarkable accomplishment is tacky at best, disgraceful at worst.

Although, to be fair, perhaps the meaning of the headline is somehow lost in translation. Maybe “Junkie” has an entirely different meaning in German, like “strong as a garbage hauler” or “as crafty as a junk collector” or something. Or maybe, just maybe, the headline writer, clearly uninformed regarding the many facets of American pop culture, erroneously surmised that Hamilton might have been a former member of the Canadian alternative band the Cowboy Junkies. You know, all those German-speaking people over there listen to is Kraftwerk.

Alright, alright. I’ll concede it: this was simply a mean-spirited and ill-timed jab at Josh Hamilton. And from the same country that gave the world Arnold Schwarzenegger and the von Trapp family to boot. Never saw this kind of thing coming from that nation.

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  1. Adder

    May 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Being from Austria and also being a follower of the MLB this headline is embarrassing. The thing is that the magazines (actually two magazines used this headline as far as I know) which used this headline to get some attention, are known for low quality standards. As Austria is not a baseball (or any other sports than skiing and soccer) nation the sports news coverage is worse than lousy. Hamilton’s achievement is great and honorable and in my opinion his story should be motivating. Overcoming his demons and fighting through bad times becoming a first class MLB slugger is an even bigger achievement than this HR-record. Just to let you know that people here appreciate great athletes…


    May 10, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Crazy how you’ll reputation will follow you your whole life; guess you shouldn’t have cheated ever Hamilton.

    • Rinaldo

      May 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

      He smoked rocks. If you think that’s cheating you could use a drug test.

  3. DrunknRuckus

    May 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I thought Arnie was a product of Austria, not Germany……..

    • Wil

      May 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      And you are correct Sir but German is the official language of Austria

  4. Wil

    May 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Wow – wonder if it accused him of murdering the guy who fell out of the stands last year too


  5. Sly

    May 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I’m shocked to find out that Austria (of all countries!) even CARES about MLB! :O

    “Glass half-full”, as far as I’m concerned… ;-)

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