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Josh Hamilton’s family had security yesterday at Rangers Ballpark

Apr 6, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

Not surprisingly, Josh Hamilton was booed heavily in his return to Rangers Ballpark yesterday. However, his family also endured some rough treatment from the fans.

Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that the Angels requested that security be present for his wife and four daughters. There was no specific incident, but Hamilton said it was “people being dumbasses” and “just guys being ugly, inappropriate to my wife.”

If fans want to boo Hamilton this weekend or every time he comes back to Texas, they have every right to do so. It’s part of the deal. And it’s completely expected for someone who signed with a division rival and has said some interesting stuff since leaving. But family always should be exempt from whatever anger is being directed at a baseball player. You can always count on a few knuckleheads to make everyone else look bad, but hopefully yesterday was as ugly as this stuff will get.

UPDATE: Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Hamilton’s family will be a in s a suite for the next two days. There were none available yesterday.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Wow. Just wow.

  2. dannomac21 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    it is Wrestlemania season

  3. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Not in any way to excuse the trailer trash who somehow scraped up enough money for tickets to the game last night, but if there was no suite available, maybe it would have been the better part of valor for the Missus to watch the game on TV last night. Hamilton’s been playing ball long enough that even he should know what kind of garbage comes out to the games for events like the homecoming of a prodigal son with a big mouth.

    • mondogarage - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      So, basically, you say “not in any way to excuse the trailer trash”, but then you go on to excuse the trailer trash, or at a minimum, blame the victim.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        I disagree about blaming the victim here. No it shouldn’t happen but everyone knew it probably would. Don’t put yourself in the position to have to deal with these things.

      • redclaw42 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Aaaaarrrrgh. I registered for an account to reply to this.

        I understand the idea of blaming the victim. We should not, EVER, excuse violent behavior. I am fully on board with the idea that saying “they were asking for it” is no excuse for the behavior.

        But isn’t there some middle ground here? There is never an excuse for rape, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for young women to go out alone, late at night, in bad parts of town.

        It seems now that giving that advice is impossible because you’re accused of blaming the victim. This is an overreaction to other things. We need to condemn bad behavior, without making it impossible to suggest ways to avoid situations where bad behavior is likely. It sure seems to me that’s what Gator is doing.

        There needs to be room for “Rape is horrible and inexcusable” and “Don’t go out alone late at night”. The second doesn’t have to detract from the first.

      • Old Gator - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Mondogarage, some day you’re going to have to explain to me where you found the alien logic you used to mangle my comments into that perfectly ridiculous interpretation. “Blame the victim?” You’re either joking or just plain stupid.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Hamilton’s been playing ball long enough that even he should know what kind of garbage comes out to the games for events like the homecoming of a prodigal son with a big mouth.

      I don’t understand. When Cliff Lee was thinking over where to sign, all the Ranger fans on here mentioned that his wife was treated horribly in NY and that kind of stuff would never happen in TX. I’m so shocked!

      [not shocked]

    • cowboysoldiertx - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Most Texans are not like that. If anyone had gotten really bad I GAURANTEE you that a couple of good old boys would have stepped in and taken out the trash. Especially if the kids were the brunt of it.

  4. modellforprez - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    as a ranger he and his team came up short a couple times. so by him bolting for Cali crack instead of that stomped on baking soda crack of texas it has enraged the drug dealers because now theyre not getting that texas ranger cheese any more its back to the same ol same ol which for those to pump loose rocks is not the same

    • alexo0 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I don’t understand a single thing you said.

      • jgagliano1199 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        I second that. Somebody knows a little too much about illegal drugs. Try to evolve, modellforprez.

      • UgglasForearms - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        gagliano, modellforprez’s next step in evolution will be to rock.

    • pauleee - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      I should have stopped reading at “modell”.

  5. echech88 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    It’s funny that the bandwagon got so emotional and hurt over being called a football town yet yesterday proved they’re some of the worst baseball fans in the country.

    Anyone picture St. Louis treating Pujols and his family that way? Or Mariners fans running Griffey out the building?

    Of course not, because most cities’ fans have been coming to games for more than 3 years and understand context and history and the reality of free agency means guys will leave eventually.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Well Albert was also smart enough to insult the fanbase on his way out of town as well. I don’t condone what these guys did towards his family…but Josh was pretty moronic in how he left town

    • hellboundglory9 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Hooray for gross blanket statements!

    • beefytrout - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Actually, I spoke with a Cardinals fan yesterday in the parking lot after the Rangers game. He said, and I quote: “if Pujols had signed with the Cubs, we would have ripped his f**king head off.”

      So yeah, I can picture st. louis fans acting like jerks to Pujols and his family.

  6. therealgts - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Redclaw…if you registered just for that you should probably register for a proofreader also. So girls who go out alone at night should get raped? Lets not bring something as emotionally and physically damaging as rape and compare it to Hamiltons family showing up to a ball park.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Jesus christ THAT IS NOT WHAT HE SAID. He said that there is no excuse for rape, yet you still need to protect yourself from it because it is a reality of life that if you’re a pretty girl and you go out to certain areas of town at night there’s an unfortunate risk of it. There is no excuse for people being absolute jackasses to Josh Hamilton’s family, yet with how well-lubricated some fans can be at sporting events and the fact that people in general kinda suck this sort of things happen. Josh should have known this, and the fact that security was suggested before the game meant that other people figured it would happen as well so he should have taken the necessary precautions to protect his family.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Just to clarify hammy, females of every age group and running the entire spectrum of what most people would consider attractiveness have been victims of sexual assault. Being “pretty” has nothing to do with whether predators will target a woman or girl. Being vulnerable has a lot more to do with it.

    • clydeserra - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Look, I get it Rape is a tough analogy. lets try something else.

      You own your car. Its yours. No one should take it without permission. Right? Fine.

      You don’t leave it in public unlocked, right? I mean no one should take it, right? its not theirs its yours. taking it would be wrong. IF they did take it, you would be a victim. Is it right to blame the victim of car theft (you) if you leave your car unlocked in public?

  7. multiplemiggs - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    screw him hes a dope fiend

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      I believe those “increase your meds” comments are meant for your type.

  8. steelers88 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Really?!?!?!? Comon Rangers fans have some more class! You can boo Josh Hamilton but don’t mistreat his family. I guess the Rangers fans showed their true colors last night.

  9. bayrich - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    You perfect people on here kill me…don’t go to a rangers game go to an angels game…simple…

  10. jerze2387 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    His wife really needs to just divorce his dumbass. After the body shots off bar girls (after his wife stood by while he hit rock bottom..literally and metophorically), then he has the bright idea of “let me trash talk and piss off all teh rangers fans, then put my family in the STANDS and see how it goes”, he clearly doesnt take into account what she has to deal with…until its time for him to play the martyr.

  11. blacksables - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Josh Hamilton said his wife had to call security during game

    the Angels requested that security be present for his wife and four daughters.

    Those are two completely different things. The first means there was an actual incident. The second means they wanted security in place in case.

    So which was it?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Actually, his wife calling security during the game doesn’t mean there was an actual incident either.

  12. yahmule - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    It’s just unfair that the few decent Rangers fans (non-natives) have to look bad because the majority of them suck cow flop.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      “Cow flop?” Seriously? “Cow flop?” I have heard cow Manure referred to in numerous other ways.
      Believe me. Lot’s and lot’s of different words. I have even been cow tipping. Fun stuff. A serious thrill. And those things move waaay faster than anyone would be believe. Sorry…off topic.
      Back to the point. I have never heard cow manure referred to as “cow flop.” Where you from Mule?
      Serious question. I wonder if it is a geographical thing…like most.

  13. Kevin Gillman - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Here is an idea, now call this crazy, but how about some other Rangers fan that is around that incident stand up for Josh’s family in that one instance? I agree with DJ here, the fans have every right to boo Josh, but don’t ever bring his family into it. Just use common sense.

  14. jimbo75025 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Hmm, maybe it’s just me, but I would like to hear someone else’s statement on the situation (stadium security, etc) on this before I cast a stone here. After all, it’s not like Hamilton has a history of being a bit of a drama queen or anything.

    • gt929 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Amen, Jimbo. How about some evidence as to what really happened.

  15. decimusprime - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    She goes where he goes. That’s why she doesn’t watch from anywhere but the park. She is his rock. Not the crack kind either you maroons!

  16. jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Everything’s bigger in Texas! I agree with earlier comments: if they couldn’t get a suite at the ballpark, watch from one at the hotel. Society is going to Hell in a Bucket because we lack respect and common decency. This is just one example.

  17. beefytrout - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I was at this game, and yeah, there were a few instances of people acting like complete jackasses towards jh. I can’t speak for what actually happened to mrs. jh, and there is no excuse for any sort of harassment towards her, but here’s a couple of things to remember:

    1) There are jackasses in the crowd for every major league team. I know a lot of you like to rip Rangers fans because we’re from Texas and/or you assume we don’t know how to handle the team’s recent success. And if that makes you feel better about yourselves, more power to you. But suggesting that Rangers fans are somehow unique because of a few bad apples in the crowd and for booing a player who undeniably quit on the team, publicly ripped the fans and then signed with the direct rival… well, maybe you should work harder on looking less like a jackass yourself.

    2) Anyone with an ounce of common sense knew that jh was going to be the target of a lot of scorn, with the way the situation played out. I’m not sure why he would want his family there for that to begin with.

  18. Last Road Reviews - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Stay classy Texas. Keep this up you can give Philly and Yankee fans a run for most obnoxious.

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