Hamilton back in Texas as bad guy?
Josh Hamilton's return to Texas is not disappointing.
The Rangers beat the Angels on Saturday in the second game of the weekend series between the AL West rivals, and Hamilton — who has been trading barbs with his former fans for the past 24 hours — is now hitless in eight at-bats as a visitor in Arlington. He was 0-for-4 with two boo-riddled, ovation-inducing strikeouts and two fly outs Saturday (though he did walk and score on a Mark Trumbo first-inning home run).
The Rangers have certainly been giving him chances, opting three times Saturday to walk Albert Pujols in front of Hamilton.
Friday, in his first game back in Texas since leaving the Rangers for the Angels this past offseason, Hamilton was also booed repeatedly and sarcastically applauded for striking out. He also went 0-for-4 on the day and the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 win.
As you can see from the photo above, Rangers fans aren't letting Hamilton forget his now-infamous comments about how Dallas is not a baseball town. We're a little disappointed that all the razzing didn't really get more creative than some boos and obvious signage.
None of the heat stopped Hamilton from taking a few jabs at the fans after Friday's game:
"I will never take back what I said (about Dallas not being a baseball town) until they show up every night for 30 years," Hamilton said. "But I'm glad I can help create spirit and fire in this town."
He also dropped a Jesus reference, recounting some advice from an identified confidant around the clubhouse:
"He said, 'Where was Jesus got-after the most? His hometown.’ Baseball-wise, this is my hometown."
Before Saturday's game, Hamilton said the fans had been “inappropriate” to his wife Friday and that his family will sit in a suite for the rest of the series. In an interview with MLB on FOX, he stayed away from escalating the battle any further.
The Rangers are wearing their red uniforms Saturday. Take that, Angels.
It's unclear exactly who's winning this fight right now. So let's look at the tale of the tape:
Rangers fans: 1
Rangers fans: 0 (need more out of you guys)
Rangers fans: 1 (signs referencing his drinking problem and "Crackhead" chants don't make you look good)
Rangers fans: 0 (solidly consistent heckling efforts all around)
Hamilton: "Honestly, man, that was louder than any playoff game I've been to."
Rangers fans: Umm, this?
Close call. Tell us what you think: