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Ball Josh Hamilton dropped in game 162 last year auctioned off for $1,280

Apr 24, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Headline says it all:


I wonder who bought it. If it was a fan from California the Rangers beat writers would have to question where the scoreboard stands on whose fans are the best, seeing as though they are obsessed with that these days.

As for that ball: I guess you can look at it one of two ways. The game was tied 5-5 when Hamilton dropped it, giving the A’s a 7-5 lead, so perhaps it is symbolic and meaningful. At the same time, the A’s scored five more runs after that, so it’s not like Hamilton’s error was decisive either. It was part of a total team failure, really. Even if Hamilton is the one that gets all the grief for it.


  1. hittfamily - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Part of the proceeds? All $1,200 was too much to give to charity?

    • bitlrc - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      the rest of the proceeds will go to cover the A’s payroll through the rest of the decade

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Perhaps it was purchased by a die-hard baseball fan in Dallas, for the irony.

    • badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:52 AM

      Ball don’t Lie

  3. randygnyc - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Exactly, I’m more interested in hearing about who bought this. It has very little historical significance, so what gives? My 2 cents says its a Hamilton hater rather than an Oakland supporter.

  4. beefytrout - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    “It was part of a total team failure, really. Even if Hamilton is the one that gets all the grief for it.”

    For someone who apparently pays so much attention to the media coverage of the Rangers, you seem to have missed a big chunk of it as far as how the end of the 2012 season went.

  5. modellforprez - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    man you need to stay off that crack

  6. historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    See, now *that’s* a baseball town!

  7. Mike Luna - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Maybe you should leave coverage of the Rangers (and the issues surrounding them) to someone more qualified, Craig.

    • Mike Luna - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Also, FWIW, Rangers beats have commented on other teams’ crowds for years now. It’s just something they do, especially in places like Tampa and Oakland.

      Than again, you seem to get your jollies from beating dead horses…so carry on, I guess.

  8. mrhojorisin - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I love the assumption that the A’s were bound to score those additional 5 runs whether Hamilton caught the ball or not. Sorry, baseball doesn’t work that way.

  9. Jonestein - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    “It was part of a total team failure, really. Even if Hamilton is the one that gets all the grief for it.

    No, Hamilton gets grief because it appeared as though he’d quit on his team during the second half of the season. I know the notion of a player half-assing during a contract year is contrary to normal brain synapse activity, but we are talking about Josh Hamilton, the man-child here. Much of what he does/says makes any sense.

    As for the dropped fly ball – it was the apathetic jog to the dropped ball that drew the ire of Rangers fans in that incident, not necessarily the drop itself. Couple that with the complete absence of plate discipline during the playoff game against the Orioles and you have the root of what ticked off the fan base and got him booed in the first place – it wasn’t the silly narratives concocted by Josh and media.

    Anyone who actually paid close attention to the 2012 Rangers knows there were countless issues contributing to the collapse, but somehow, our criticism of Hamilton gets spun into “Rangers fans blame 2012 collapse on Josh Hamilton…”, which is complete B.S..

    • beefytrout - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Very well said.

      Josh Hamilton gets the blame for Josh Hamilton’s part of the collapse. When you’re the biggest part of the offense, you get the biggest part of the blame, especially when you strike out 19 times in your last 44 AB’s.

      I don’t think people outside of the Rangers bubble realize just how utterly pathetic he was against the Orioles in the play-in game. He saw a total of 8 pitches in 4 ABs. He had two 3-pitch strikeouts and two infield grounders on the first pitch he saw (one of which was a GIDP).

      So in 4 AB’s, he made 5 outs and never got the ball out of the infield in a game that was a must-win.

  10. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    At least somebody is profitting from Josh Hamilton’s performance.

  11. jwbiii - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Only $1,280? Hamilton’s right. That isn’t a baseball town.

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