Boos or cheers for Hamilton in return to Texas?
MAR 22, 2013 12:49p ET
The Angels have set up a clubhouse pool on whether former Ranger Josh Hamilton will get more boos or cheers when he makes his first appearance in front of a Texas crowd.
In case you want to place your own prop bet, Hamilton told The Dallas Morning News he expects to be booed.
"I got booed when I played there," Hamilton said. "Why wouldn't I get booed when I play there as an Angel?"
For the record, Hamilton was booed at the end of his five-year run in Texas when both he and the team were mired in a slump. By then, Hamilton was giving off the vibe of a disinterested player after also making a couple of fielding gaffes.
Hamilton was usually met with standing ovations in Texas. Rangers fans were especially supportive in 2011 after a fan died from falling in an attempt to catch a ball Hamilton had thrown into the stands.
However, a different uniform often brings a different perspective, as when Hamilton infuriated some fans by saying Dallas-Fort Worth is "not a true baseball town" after signing a free-agent deal with the Angels.
But on Thursday when Hamilton played against the Rangers for the first time in a spring training game, the slugger had nice things to say about the fans in Arlington.
"I loved Texas," Hamilton told the Morning News. "The fans were great when I was there. It was a chapter in my life ... and I enjoyed every minute of it.
"It's great support when you're getting 50,000 on a Friday night instead of going to high school football. That was fun. It was an exciting ride, and I wish them the best."
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