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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

The Josh Hamilton Story


at 5/7/07, 4:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great cartoon.

I remember reading about Josh when he was a high school phenom in North Carolina, and then about his depressing decent into drugs.

Here's hoping he realizes his dream.

(Our dream - the Reds win it all - probably is too much to ask, though).

at 5/7/07, 6:28 PM Blogger Wettengel said...

It is amazing how two words "With rehab" can completely change a cartoon and make it perfect. Great job.

This war on drugs has been going on forever and I don't know if there will ever be a winner but at least in this one case the drug addict looks to have won. I hope and pray he can stay clean and healthy and give back to the community.

at 5/7/07, 8:14 PM Blogger Guy said...

This cartoon sends the wrong message! The fact that you have depicted a drug addict baseball player and associate it with being the rookie of the are attacking the man who has made a change and glorified drug use in this cartoon! I love your work Jim, but you blew it on this one! The better message would have been to depict him standing over his problems, playing for the Reds and hitting a home run! Then a caption like..."overcoming the garbage in life to become the Rookie of the Year!"

at 5/8/07, 7:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with Guy. I don't think Josh has ever shied away from his problems, and by depicting him like this might just give hope to everyone who is still battling the demons of addiction. It's not meant to attack Josh, but rather to attack the way we give up on people who are addicted

at 5/8/07, 8:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do I see? I see an aging cartoonist making a buck on the lowest point in Hamilton's life. Today's cartoon was obscene. In fairness about a depiction of the lowest point in YOUR life?

at 5/8/07, 8:46 AM Blogger Jeff_Pugh said...

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at 5/8/07, 8:49 AM Blogger Bench said...

I have to agree with Guy on this one. I respect what you were going for, but I think you could have done a much better job with it. I'd rather have seen a cartoon with a theme of "The Natural" with J.H. standing over his past problems. Just my $.02.

at 5/8/07, 9:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to disagree. It's not a commentary on Hamilton at all, except to give hope to others. It reminds us to look for the humanity and potential weighed down by addiction, rather than give up on the victim. It's not about Hamilton's Hollywood-esque triumph over his own personal demons, but a reminds of all those out there still fighting theirs.

at 5/8/07, 9:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could have depicted him displaying his recent accomplishments, not when he was at the lowest point of his life. Learn from the past, but leave it where it belongs, behind.

at 5/8/07, 11:38 AM Anonymous Dan said...

I don't think it's a comment on Hamilton. It's an illustration of hope for others who are addicted or in other trouble.

And though I'm not a mind reader, I'm not sure Josh Hamilton would be offended either. It would be interested to have him chime in on this drawing.

at 5/8/07, 12:19 PM Blogger Tom Auel Jr. said...

Jim is getting exactly what he wanted from this cartoon. What does it say at the top?

at 5/8/07, 5:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a brilliant cartoon, and I don't think it is really about Josh Hamilton so much as it is about the our own attitudes about drug addicts and alcoholics. It invites some self-examination on the topic. Do we condemn addicts for the poor decisions they made in getting addicted, or do we see their humanity and view them as people capable (and worthy) of rehabilitation and redemption?

For fans of the Reds, it is easy for us to cheer for Josh Hamilton now that he's clean and taking advantage of those gifts that allow him to play a game (extremely well) and potentially earn millions; do we have similar enthusiasm for those struggling to stay sober who aren't five tool outfielders for the home team? .... and should we?

These are the questions I see being raised. I don't see where this disparages Josh Hamilton at all.

at 5/8/07, 5:44 PM Blogger Guy said...

The cartoon definitely sparks discussion which in some ways is what Jim is trying to accomplish. I will give you that. I agree that public figures can be open fodder for ridicule and discussion. I just think that when someone is on the way up and is doing everything possible to turn the corner that we should not attack them personally.

Guys like Chris Henry and Pac man Jones who can not get out of their own way deserve all of the comics and public reprimand that we can give them.

As far as the common man...what have each of us done personally to reach out a helping hand to offer assistance to someone on the outs? How many times do you get bit by the tiger before you don't reach into the cage? These are all tough choices and require deep reflection and moral debate!

Everyone deserves a second chance to do the right thing. I know that I have had to cash in some of those second chance chips myself.

at 5/9/07, 9:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever the message you are trying to send, this cartoon is in bad taste.

at 5/9/07, 1:08 PM Anonymous Doug said...

This is not about trying to send the right message or making a point. This about trying to create a bad story where there is a glimmer of hope. This shows nothing more than a lack of compassion for Josh Hamilton. Don't worry Josh, the rest of Cincinnati is behind you.

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at 5/10/07, 9:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think this was an insult to Josh Hamilton at all. I thought it was a comment on how some people perceive drug addicts. The part of the message I take umbrage with is the implication we should be reaching out to help all addicts. If a person doesn't want to be helped, there's nothing we can do for them. Josh Hamilton wouldn't be where he is today if he hadn't taken personal responsibility for his mistakes.

Show me an addict truly trying to get better, and I'm willing to help. Show me someone who cares for nothing but their next fix and I see someone not worth my time. People need to choose to change before we can help them.

at 5/10/07, 10:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first reaction was this is in poor taste and there are so many other ideas you could have done.

After thinking about it, it is poor. Makes you seem jealous or you have some animosity towards him.

Not your prize-winning best by far.

at 5/10/07, 12:37 PM Anonymous Ashley said...

this is ridiculous. i honestly don't know how this had nothing to do with Josh Hamilton, especially because Borgman drew this image of him, down to his last tattoo. This man had been to hell and back, dealing with his past and facing his demons. And this is how you want him to be perceived? He has overcome so much and is finally living his dream! Not only adults, but many many kids look up to him, whether they know about his past or not..and thats how it should be. I have been to many Reds games this season already and I ALWAYS see him signing autographs for the kids. He knows that its hard, but he keeps on living his life and we need to stay behind him and respect that.

at 5/13/07, 3:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not into sports at all, though ive heard about this guy. before reading the comments, i assumed from the cartoon that he had slipped back into drugs and whatnot. apparently, thats not true, and you totally blew a chance to hit a home run (no pun intended) on this one. i agree with what others have said. it would have been more inspirational to have hamilton shown defeating his problems, not in the midst of them. though this fits in with your political perspective. god forbid someone actually gain personal responsibility and overcome their own problems, right?

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