If you ask Josh Hamilton, he's fine and his injury is just part of the rigors of a lengthy season. It is, after all, the World Series, and a silly groin injury is unlikely to keep him off the field. And on Thursday Hamilton drove in a run, helping the Rangers come back to down the St. Louis Cardinals and even the World Series at one game apiece.
When asked about his clearly hurting groin after the game, Hamilton bristled while brushing the question aside.
"It is what it is. I'm tired of talking about it. I'm going to hurt until the season is over. You know, so it's a non-issue as far as talking about it. So stop asking me, please."
Manager Ron Washington echoed Hamilton's sentiments, as well. The Rangers manager said as long as Hamilton felt he was ready to go, he'd be out there with the rest of the team. And from the sound of it, Hamilton will have to be pried off the field kicking and screaming.
Shifting to a happier topic that didn't elicit such a cold response, Hamilton praised the Rangers for battling back on Thursday while avoiding an 0-2 hole heading back to Texas.
"Up and down our lineup our guys want to win ballgames, and it doesn't matter if we're down five runs or we're up five runs. We have the attitude of, you know what, until the last pitch is thrown, last out is made, we're going to keep fighting. You know, you can't really say why that is other than the character of the guys on our team."
Hamilton played a role in the rally, injured groin and all. His sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth knotted the score at one, setting up a go-ahead sac fly by Michael Young. But at the rate this series is going, Hamilton may have to survive through five more close games to close out the season.
The Rangers slugger will get some relief in the form of an off-day on Friday as the Rangers and Cardinals travel to Texas ahead of Game 3. The two teams will be back on the field on Saturday for Game 3 of the World Series in Arlington.