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Josh Hamilton says the Texas fan reaction ‘hurts a bit’

Apr 5, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton knew the boos were coming in his return to Arlington on Friday, but he was still disappointed by much of what he heard in the Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Angels.

“It probably hurts a little bit more to know that people would just turn that quickly,” Hamilton said. “You know, to think that they kind of supported you, as far as personally, [my] story, things like that. But it just tells you a lot.”

Hamilton also admitted to being anxious while striking out in his first two at-bats. And since he knows some of the ire today was generated with comments he made about Dallas not being a baseball town, he did play along, mimicking throwing a football and making a handoff.

Still, the money quote from today’s festivities will be the one in which Hamilton supposedly compared himself to Jesus. Though he didn’t really do that. According to the Dallas Morning News, the story went like this:

Hamilton said that during the game someone in the Angels dugout, whom he declined to identify, offered a supportive message.

“He said, ‘Where was Jesus got-after the most?’” Hamilton recalled. “He said, ‘His hometown.’ Obviously, baseball-wise, this was my hometown.”

Hamilton finished the game 0-for-4 and had a couple of misplays in right field. He still has two more days off boos coming this weekend.

  1. badintent - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Josh.Grow up.You play a kid’s game for $200 million.Boos , deal with it.Grow a pair.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Baseball was invented by and originally played by men. Just because you start playing it as a kid doesn’t mean it’s a kid’s game.

      • beachnbaseball - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        It’s still a game.

      • lncrprl - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        All games were invented by men! Even kids games……look it up!

  2. bringbackkosar - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I’m sure all those zeroes in his big contract will take the edge off his pain. Hopefully he doesn’t fall off the wagon.

  3. revansrevenant - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    200 million might not buy you love, but it can buy you a heck of a lot of earplugs.

  4. rcali - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Wait. Did he just compare himself to Jesus?

    • bigmeechy74 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Wait. Did he just compare himself to a guy that may not have even existed?

      • jerze2387 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Appropriate considering he didnt exist at the end of last season…

      • bigmeechy74 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        Ha nice one

    • jerze2387 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Or, in joshs mind, he compared jesus to josh hamilton

    • whitefishdubfish - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Yeah, but he’s a pervert, dude.

      [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6z0Zay9itk&w=420&h=315%5D

  5. kingscourt25 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    This guy is so unlikable

  6. miketreedy - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    As a Rangers fan Josh did some great things. He could have been one of the biggest sports legends in Texas history. He has soured that by the way he has acted and some of the things he has said. If he came out and said how much he enjoyed his time here and loved being a Ranger it would go a long way with the fans here.

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    You went to a division rival Josh. Yes the fans will turn on you just like that.

  8. bshook87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    As a Ranger fan, everyone I knew loved Josh when he was here. We knew he was gone around August last year, when, without boos or anything like it, he checked out. His effort went from 95 percent to about 10. He just knew he didn’t want to be here, no idea why. When he quit giving any effort, fans started to grumble.
    We knew he was gone, and we were ok with it. We could accept it.
    Signing with the Angels hurt, sure. You never want that to happen… And we accepted it. But then he kept going… Comments degrading the fans here, degrading our team and our town is beyond the pale. We will not accept that. No one guy is bigger than our town, and our team.
    So long, Josh. You could’ve had it all. Your idiocy screwed you. You will go down in history as a loser who didn’t care about the fans that stood by you through it all… The blue eye excuse, the Arizona incident, the quitting tobacco mid season and not hitting for three months, and of course, Sherlock’s. But it wasn’t enough for you. I hope you can live with yourself, because we won’t.

    • jerze2387 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Well said, hits all the points. Lots of people forget the arizona incident and sherlocks

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Take it from a Marlins fan, no one’s name on the back of the jersey is as important as the name on front

    • jerze2387 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Especially when marlins fans dont recognize any of the names on the back (not hating or being against the marlins, but we all know its true)

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Actual marlins fans are among the smartest in the game. You would have to be

  10. losanginsight - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    What a baby. Whats meds he on now?

  11. bigtrav425 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    those things happen when you become a trader…I like Josh but he is a trader and has no loyalty

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Im gonna be the dick here and let ya know the word is traitor. I dont do it to be a dick though, I do it to let ya know for the future.

      • UgglasForearms - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:08 AM

        Maybe he did mean “trader”. Josh traded a Rangers’ jersey for an Angels’ jersey.

      • UgglasForearms - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Geez. This is a tough room.

  12. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    It HAD to have been Pujols who offered that bit of “wisdom” to Hamilton. He’s very religious.

  13. sisisisisisisi - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    BUH PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! STOP CRYING JOSH

    you and Wilson took the money and ran out of town and now mouthing off on the Rangers

    just make me sick

  14. denny65 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    “I don’t often go 0-for-4 upon returning to my former team’s ballpark, but when I do I make it worse with stupid statements. Stay tuned, my friends.”

  15. coloradogolfcoupons - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    This Shakespeare quote says it all about the words coming out of this crackheads’ mouth:

    “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    Every time Hamilton opens his mouth he offers another alibi. He won’t face the truth, that Ranger fans are GLAD he signed with the Angels. Now OUR pitchers can K him repeatedly without throwing a strike, and he will be quitting on THEM when he doesn’t feel like playing. We booed his effort, which was pitiful the whole second half last year, and his idiot excuses that we were supposed to believe when he sat out. DRY EYES??? Come on, man, we were trying to win the division and you expect us to believe THAT? A tale told by an idiot, thank you Shakespeare, that says it all.

  16. northstarnic - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Boo hoo. Oh me and my sob story.
    Yep you’re just like Jesus.
    Idiot.

  17. beachnbaseball - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Hamilton is an ass hat. What did he expect from Ranger fans? A parade? Grow a set, Josh and keep yer yap shut.

  18. steelers88 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    What did you expect Josh Hamilton! Did you expect cheers? I hope you didn’t after signing with the rival Angels and then ripping the Texas Rangers baseball fans? Man this guy is a joke!

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