When Josh Hamilton went to the plate for the final time in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels, the slugger was serenaded by the fans of his former team that still has a chance to get in the playoffs.
There were repeated chants of ''Baseball Town!,'' a reference to comments the slugger made after leaving the Texas Rangers about the Dallas-Fort Worth market being a football town. As he got close to the dugout after he flew out in the ninth inning of the Angels' season-ending 6-2 loss Sunday, Hamilton tipped his helmet to the crowd.
''That was just to let them know no matter how bad they boo me or bring up things from my past, I still love them,'' Hamilton said. ''There was nothing sarcastic about it.''
Hamilton had a tying RBI single for the Angels in the sixth, but the Rangers regained the lead for good on Geovany Soto's two-out RBI double in the bottom half of the inning off Jason Vargas (9-8) and won their seventh straight.
Texas (91-71), which began September with th...