Late last night, yet another "special to the Star-Telegram" was published on the Star-Telegram, penned by none other than everyone's favorite Nolan Ryan puppet, Randy Galloway.
Of course, taking potshots at the Rangers has been Galloway's favorite hobby since Ryan departed from the Rangers, and perhaps even before then. He's been supposedly retired for several years now, and yet each time something bad has happened with the Rangers, he's come running to let us all know, "See?! I told you all this would happen!"
Now, he's gone as far as implying that Yu Darvish going down to injury is something that Daniels apparently knew would happen back into August of 2014, and while saying that, also doubles down on the "Yu Darvish quit" mantra. Because sure, if you're going to be ridiculous about something, you might as well go all the way and do it in two different ways.
Sadly, that wasn't even the most ridiculous thing written by Galloway. That honor goes to Galloway's assessment of his "information" that the Rangers wanted -- come hell or high water -- to keep Josh Hamilton after 2012 season. Rather than offering that tidbit and jumping to something else, Galloway decided to reach for a new all-time low -- yes, even by his own standards -- by saying:
Yes, Randy Galloway just used drug addiction as a punchline, a tool with which to sting Jon Daniels and his supporters, ownership, and everyone in between, including Hamilton himself. Because of course, if you're Randy Galloway, drug addiction is a joke.
Really, what it comes down to is that Randy Galloway is the joke. I keep telling myself that I'll quit giving him page views and attention, and yet he continually reaches for something new to pull me -- rather, everyone -- back into the fold.
Sadly, this time, it not only reflects poorly on Galloway, but the Star-Telegram as well. As a well-respected news outlet, I'd like to think that an editor, somewhere, had a chance to read the piece before it was published, even if it was written by someone as tenured as Galloway. It's crazy to think that garbage like this made it past more than one set of eyes, and not one person thought, "You know, this probably isn't the best thing to be publishing." Somehow, it was still published.
For Galloway to suggest that he -- or anyone else -- "realized" that Josh Hamilton would eventually relapse because he struggled at playing a game for millions of dollars is quite possibly the most irresponsible thing he could have said. I honestly can't think of any hypothetical thing he could have written that would have been worse (no, Randy, that's not a challenge).
It's writers like Galloway that likely prompted Keith Law to offer up this thought on the DFW media coverage, in response to a question on what the response would be right now if Yu Darvish had pitched through pain in 2014:
Well said, Keith. Really, most people I know of have long-rooted for Hamilton to continue fighting his addiction battle, regardless of how they've felt about him as a player. Not one of them have ever suggested that they hoped he would relapse because he now plays for the Angels, or suggested that they thought it would happen eventually due to his struggles on the field as Randy Galloway now has. It's a sentiment that's probably better left in your own head, not shared with thousands of readers in an effort to poke fun and somehow prove that, because a pitcher got hurt, you've been "right" all along.
No, when it comes to drug addiction, no one wins. And yet, Randy Galloway tried to use the addiction of another human being in order to try to do just that. It's disgusting, embarrassing, and I can't believe it was allowed to be published. But hey, as long as he gets those page views and sells newspapers, right?