So this is how it ends for Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers.
A rally-killing double play. An anxious strikeout. Boos. A first-pitch comebacker. More boos.
Tepid applause before he stepped in as the tying run in the eighth inning of Friday night's American League wild-card game, one last chance at the redemption that never came. Three pitches. Two swings. One more strikeout. Louder boos.
Throughout the 5-1 loss to Baltimore -- the game that cost the Rangers their season, the game they weren't supposed to play -- Hamilton heard it from the fans in left field, the ones who literally have been behind him for five years. They didn't boo. That would have been easier to take. They used words, the hurtful ones, the kind he's heard for years -- on the road.
How bad did it get? "Bad," Hamilton said. He didn't go into detail, but it was apparent the words stung. He insisted he would shake them off, because that's what the Bible tells him to do. Hamilton cites scripture frequently. But t...