Josh Hamilton should expect boos now
February, 18, 2013
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It was likely that, even without his comments to CBS 11's Gina Miller on Sunday, Josh Hamilton was going to hear more boos than cheers when he stepped to the plate for the first time wearing an Angels uniform on April 5.
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Hamilton said Sunday that "there are true baseball fans in Texas, but it’s not a true baseball town." I thought manager Ron Washington's point about how this club drew more than 3 million fans and had record attendance is proof that's just not true. Sure, it's a football town first and foremost, as Hamilton said. Everyone knows that. But that doesn't mean it's not a baseball town. Hamilton should know better.
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Hamilton did a lot for the Rangers while he was here -- both on and off the field. He won the AL MVP in 2010 and was the ALCS MVP as well. His story of attempting to overcome addictions is powerful and has helped a lot of people. But the same fan base that has cheered him also questioned whether he was fully focused on the task at hand down the stretch last season. He missed part of a critical road trip late in the season dealing with a vision issue that he said was cured by consuming less caffeine and energy drinks. He dropped a routine fly ball in Oakland on the final day of the season that turned a tie score into an A's lead they never relinquished.
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Hamilton thinks it will be "mixed feelings" from the crowd that opening weekend in Arlington. He added this: “People who really get it will cheer and the people who don’t will boo. Either way, I’ll do what I got to do to help my team win.”
Right or wrong, Hamilton should expect a lot of the folks that "don't get it" on that Friday.