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The Dallas media is still not over the Josh Hamilton “Dallas is not a baseball town” thing

Apr 23, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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If they were, I doubt they’d write a thing about the attendance in Anaheim on a random Monday night, complete with video and snarky headlines and stuff.

Never mind that the Rangers’ only home Monday night game of the season drew 9,000 or so fewer fans than Anaheim’s did last night in terms of paid-for-tickets.

I know there is a certain kind of fan that is really into attendance shaming, but you’d figure the media would be above it.

And Dallas is still a football town.


  1. chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Its hard to stay friends after a bad break up. Things are said, excuses are made, possession are set on fire. I bet the Dallas media is still wearing Josh’s old sweatshirt on a lazy non-football sunday.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Because it still smells like him?

      • chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        You know it. I should also apologize to women everywhere for using them in a metaphor for the Dallas media. I’ve said a lot of mean things one here but that may have crossed the line.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Wait, Josh wasn’t the girl and the sweatshirt wasn’t Hello Kitty? Man, I read that wrong.

      • chacochicken - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Coincidentally, all my Hello Kitty apparel was destroyed in a fire.

    • ok9275 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Makes sense, they say they are better without him… but they’ll always talk about him when given the chance. I wonder if they’d take him back as well.

      • teamobijuan - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        .284 OPS


  2. historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Wasn’t there a Star’s game that night?

  3. Old Gator - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Thank Buddha that I and the Macondo media are above attendance shaming. Of course, it helps that there isn’t much attendance to be ashamed of here. But like the Good Book says, when there’s construction on the low road, might as well take the high one.

  4. beefytrout - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Kind of an ironic article, coming from Mr. “anytime anyone says anything positive about Michael Young, I’ve got immediately call them out for being wrong.”

    Baseball fans hold grudges. Baseball media members hold grudges. We’re all passionate about the game. “Fan” is short for “fanatic,” and fanaticism requires a certain level of lunacy.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I get that for fans. Not for credentialed beat writers.

      • beefytrout - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        This is the age we live in… YouTube, Twitter, etc. It’s a different media than it was even 5-10 years ago. Random idiot fans like me carry a multimedia center in their pocket that is online 24 hours a day. In the actual media, everything runs on page clicks now, and kicking the metaphorical wasp nest is what gets those more than anything. How many extra page views did the Dallas media get from this HBT article? They got exactly what they were hoping for.

      • paperlions - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Hamilton’s comments may have struck baseball writers in Dallas harder than the fan base. That essentially called baseball writers in Dallas second class sports writers as well.

  5. pauleee - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    It’s 7:00 at that point. We’re (both Dodger and Angel fans) notoriously famous for getting there late (traffic issues) and leaving early. Remember Dennis Martinez’ perfect game vs the Dodgers, and Vin Scully commenting on all the taillights in the parking lot in the 8th?

    If we’re a baseball “town” it’s only between the 3rd and 7th innings.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    “I know there is a certain kind of fan that is really into attendance shaming,” (and the stuff you wrote that’s in the link)

    Huh. So there’s rules to trolling. Pretty much anything goes when you intentionally try to agitate/annoy a fan base. But attendance is where you draw the line.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Anything goes when you’re trying to agitate/annoy. There are all kinds of stupid things one can say, however, an in effort to actually try to make a good point. Saying “you suck because the team you like doesn’t draw a lot of fans” is pretty weak sauce.

      But hey, if it makes you feel better.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        BTW, the Sunday Tigers-Braves game giveaway is a Cabrera Triple Crown cap. You know, for the kids…not for anyone else wanting to troll you or anything.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Just sayin’, you can’t tell a fan base they’re being too sensitive and they take everything to heart but then have a reaction that everyone’s saying “you suck” when they make fun of Braves fans. I mean, you can, just understand that if that can be your reaction to people saying Braves fans suck (because their attendance was just 36k combined for games 2 and 3 of the season for a team that’s supposed to be World Series contenders… see what I did? /sarcasm) then you can’t be surprised when fans get worked up about the agitation you start.

        BTW, this isn’t a “stop trolling Phillies fans” thing… Just saying is all.

  7. thatsabalk - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Dallas is a football town, but Anaheim of Los Angeles is a Mickey Mouse town not a baseball town. If he had moved to St. Louis and made the same comment it probably wouldn’t have been taken so poorly. By the way, the football town won the baseball game last night!

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      The Angels draw from all of Orange County, and it’s a big baseball place.

      I think the idea of “attendance shaming” is stupid, but the Angels have been a top 5 team attendance wise for most of the last 10 years. Yes, the fact the Angels have been a pretty solid team for most of that time is a function of it, but it’s a Monday night game and those aren’t the biggest draw.

  8. samsjmail - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    A Monday night game against Tampa Bay?

    You’re comparing that to a game against a divison rival who is 5 games ahead of you in the standings?

    If Dallas is not a baseball town, Josh should have been happy here because he’s not a baseball player.

    Mike Napoli left for more money. Wait until the first time Boston comes to Texas this season and see what kind of rece[topm Napoli gets from Rangers fans. He’ll get a standing ovation and the “NAP-O-LI” chant, not boos.

    It’s not the fans, it’s the player and his wife’s silly comments. Don’t want to get booed? Don’t insult 4 million people over and over.

    The Angels get Josh and CJ, and Ranger fans are probably happier about that right now than Angel’s fans are.

    Besides, Jerry Jones is doing everything in his power to turn D/FW into a baseball town, and it’s working.

    • beefytrout - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Napoli should get a nice, respectful round of applause during the introduction of his first at-bat, and afterwards, indifference at best. That’s it. No chant, no standing O.

  9. kelshannon19 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Dallas/FTW fans get butt hurt about everything.

  10. beachnbaseball - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    The Angels did fine last night. Attendance was 36,192. They are 4th in MLB attendance with 392,321 fans and an average attendance of 39,232. The Rangers who are 5th in attendance with 347,373 have an average of 38,597. Most MLB teams would love that kind of support. The Orioles, for example, had slightly more than 11,000 last night. Now that really bites.

    • samsjmail - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Tampa Bay can’t sell out playoff games.

      • beachnbaseball - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Don’t get me started on the lame fan base in Tampa.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Some fans are quality rather than quantity…and some of them you may not want to piss off just in case they ever get to draw blood from you or something.

  11. brent4033 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Isn’t this considered liberal on liberal crime? Is it considered ok because the newspaper is in a great conservative state? Just wondering. I actually enjoy liberals beatin up on liberals. Doesnt happen enough.

  12. seitz26 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    It would seem to me that just about everywhere the number of butts in the seats “as the home team takes the field”, i.e., before a single pitch has even been thrown, is almost always going to be significantly smaller than the number of people who eventually make their way to the game. Hell, half at the game are still buying beers at that point (no roving beer vendors in CA)!

  13. samsjmail - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I noticed that Angels fans boo A.J. Pierzynski every time he comes to the plate because he ran to first base once.

    I don’t think Angels fans or Angels “media’ have much room to talk.

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