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Josh Hamilton: “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers”

Feb 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton arrived at Rangers camp today and was predictably asked about both his recent alcohol relapse and contract, which is up after this season.

His reply:

The Rangers have done a lot of me. I have a question. Have I done a lot for the Rangers? I think I have given them everything I’ve got. When it comes down to is, people have to understand this is a business. I love Texas, I love the fans, I love the organization and I love my teammates. But I’m not going to sit here and say I owe the Rangers. I don’t feel I owe the Rangers.

In other words, don’t expect some sort of “hometown discount.” Of course, that may be a moot point if the Rangers decide that a long-term contract for a 31-year-old with lots of injuries and off-field question marks is simply too much of a risk anyway.

  1. lostsok - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    He doesn’t owe The Rangers.

    Hope he realizes, though: vice versa.

  2. dirkified - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    the Rangers signed your sorry drug ass and gave you a chance.. I am a 10yr season ticket holder. From hero to zero in one quote.. Worst base runner in baseball.. Josh.. F-you bro… Yeah… my season tickets are 2nd row behind home plate..

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