Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/5/13
Josh Hamilton is headed back to Arlington, Texas, the place where his baseball career came back to life and where he put up some of his biggest numbers. But the slugger, who signed with Los Angeles this offseason, isn’t expecting a warm welcome — and he knows exactly why. Shortly after Hamilton signed with the Angels, he angered much of Texas by calling Dallas “a football town,” saying fans were “spoiled” and that, while some people were “true baseball fans,” the area would never be known for the sport. Despite saying he doesn’t read news stories about himself, Hamilton seems to have found out that those may not have been the best words. That theory will likely be reinforced Friday when the Angels visit Arlington for the first time this year. “This whole football town thing has been an absolute nightmare,” Hamilton said Friday, according to CBSSports.com. “I’m glad I don’t read [the newspaper and Internet].” The Angels failed to make it to the postseason last year despite signing Albert Pujols, but the Rangers didn’t do much better, falling in the wild card play-in. Hamilton was 0-for-4 in that game and then went to L.A. in the offseason.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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