Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/29/12

Josh Hamilton is in the middle of an ugly stretch, hitting just .190 since the start of June and failing to get a single hit with runners in scoring position in July.

Rangers fans are starting to get cranky. Boos emanating from the crowd at the Ballpark in Arlington are beginning to be noticeable and are growing. Hamilton, of course, has heard the booing, and he says he’s not going to let it bother him.

“I’m just out there playing; I don’t take any of it personal,” Hamilton said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “It’s all about what have you done for me lately. There were still more people yelling encouraging me. I pray for the ones who were [booing].”

“It’s disappointing,” Hamilton added about being booed by home fans. “It’s disappointing. I’ll leave it that.”

But like Hamilton alluded to, when he snaps out of the slump and starts hitting four home runs in a single game again and leading the team into the playoffs, everything will be all hunky dory again in Arlington.

Hamilton has even faced the ire of team owner Nolan Ryan, who this week criticized the former MVP for giving away at bats. Last we checked, Hamilton didn’t respond by saying he’d be praying for Ryan.

Photo: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

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