Monday, January 16, 2012
Michael Chadwick: Family needs me here
By Richard Durrett
Michael Dean Chadwick said Monday that it was "heartbreaking" to call Josh Hamilton, his son-in-law, and tell him he couldn't take the job as his accountability partner. But Chadwick felt like he couldn't leave his family in North Carolina and travel with the Rangers and Hamilton for the 2012 season. He also believes that Hamilton doesn't need an accountability partner right now. But a source said Hamilton will have one for the 2012 season, it just hasn't been determined who yet.
"It was a tough, tough deal," Chadwick said. "I let my heart get away with me. I wanted to go and be there for Josh. But I’ve got a 17-year-old daguther at home that needs me too and I’m a homebuilder and have a company here. I sort of put the cart before the horse. It was heartbreaking to call them and say, 'Guys, I can't do it.'"
Chadwick's daugther, Krista, is 17 and currently a junior in high school. He said he wanted to spend as much time with her as he could before she heads off to college.
Chadwick added that he doesn't think Hamilton needs someone specific to watch over him on the road. Hamilton, in fact, had gone out with some teammates on certain road trips without Johnny Narron, who was Hamilton's accountability partner as part of his role with the Rangers last year. Hamilton would simply inform Narron where he was going.
"I think he's got that tiger by the tail," Chadwick said. "If him and I could be together, it would be awesome because we get along so well. And if I thought that was the case that he would be in some sort of danger, I'd really reconsider.