Witnesses corroborate Hamilton's account of Monday night

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 3 at 10:06 PM

DALLAS - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton admitted his alcohol relapse Monday in a press conference, saying he returned to Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill after he was dropped off by teammate Ian Kinsler, who did not know Hamilton had been drinking.



News 8 has learned that Hamilton ate dinner at Buca di Beppo restaurant on Park Lane.



A manager at the Italian restaurant says that the Ranger's slugger was friendly and even took pictures and signed autographs for people before leaving.



Hamilton admitted during the press conference that he had three to four alcoholic drinks at the restaurant that night.



After leaving the restaurant, Hamilton and Kinsler went to Sherlock's Pub, about a block away.



Witnesses tell News 8 Hamilton only drank orange juice while he and Kinsler sat in a booth talking.



The two stayed for about a half hour and left together.



But Hamilton admits he returned later in the evening, alone, and continued drinking at the bar.



Sources say he ordered three beers and an orange juice and paid cash for his tab.



Both employees and patrons of the pub tell News 8 that multiple women were seen touching Josh Hamilton.  



News 8 tracked down one woman who posted on her Facebook page on Monday at 11:45pm - four days before the story broke - that "I just got to feel up Josh Hamilton."



Witnesses say Hamilton stayed at the pub for about a half hour before leaving out a side door close to midnight.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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