Former Houston Astro Ken Caminiti had everything: wealth, fame, family…all because he played a kid’s game the way it’s supposed to be played: hard and fair. He was as tough as they came- on the field. It turns out that the game between the lines was the easy part of the deal for Caminiti. Dealing with life outside the verdant, well-manicured fields upon which he plied his trade has proven to be a much greater challenge for Caminiti than any of us might have imagined. That Caminiti is a drug addict is no longer news in Houston. His being busted for various drug offenses is equally non-newsworthy. The truly sad thing is that the legal system here had bent over backwards to provide him with every conceivable opportunity to turn his life around…and it just isn’t happening.
Ken Caminiti is no more a DUMB@$$ than multitudes of others who have lost their lives, their livelihoods, and their families to drugs. His higher profile due to his baseball career has proven to be no insulation from this addiction. Indeed, drugs don’t discriminate. They’re an equal-opportunity enslaver.
The fact that Caminiti has fallen so far so quickly and so publicly does make him a DUMB@$$, albeit one worthy of our pity and prayers. Ken Caminiti had the opportunity to live a life of luxury and ease after the end of his baseball career. For whatever reason, though, his personal demons have clearly gotten the best of him. What a waste.
I guess athletes really AREN’T role models….