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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers fans cheered loudly for Josh Hamilton -- when he struck out.
Hamilton, now with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, was booed during pregame introductions before the Rangers' home opener Friday. There were more boos when he led off the second inning, but those became cheers when he took a called strike on his first pitch and eventually struck out swinging.
Before the game, Hamilton said he had good memories of his five seasons in Texas and wouldn't let stuff like people booing hurt his feelings.
"I'm not setting out to prove anybody wrong or anything like that," Hamilton said. "I'm just setting out to play the game, the way I always have. Hard and give it what I have. ... They booed me when I was here, at times. I don't expect anything less, especially playing with the Angels."
Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and 2010 AL MVP with Texas, signed a 125 million, five-year deal with the Angels last winter. He was part of the only two World Series in Rangers history.
Hamilton said the only time he thinks about his last game for the Rangers is when someone asks about it.
"And then I quickly think about it, and then I quickly release it," Hamilton said of the Rangers' AL wild-card loss last October when he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and got booed by the home fans.
After Hamilton was introduced during the pregame ceremony, he slapped hands with teammates and had a smile on his face as the boos started.
When Rangers manager Ron Washington was introduced, he shook hands with his players, greeted Angels manager Mike Scioscia at home plate and then waved at Hamilton.
"It's good memories," Hamilton said of his time playing for Texas, where he still has his home. "I have good memories in general that nobody can take away from me, about fans, about the organization, about the time here we had, and the growing process."
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ARLINGTON, Texas While the boos and jeers rained down on Josh Hamilton during his return to Rangers Ballpark, he got some comforting words in the dugout.
"He said, 'Where was Jesus got-after the most? His hometown,'" said the deeply religious Hamilton, who declined to name the source of inspiration. "Baseball wise, this is my hometown."
ARLINGTON, Texas Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the field or in the stands for his family.
While Hamilton said his family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie and their daughters.
"Just guys being ugly, inappropriate to my wife," Hamilton said. "People being dumbasses."
A Los Angeles club official...
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Friday was the home opener for the Texas Rangers after opening the season down the road in Houston, and their opponents for the first series of the year with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and former Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton came to the plate for the first time in the top of the second, and as you can tell in the video above, the Rangers faithful weren't...
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...
Josh Hamilton returned to Arlington on Friday and did about as well as could be expected with a pair of strikeouts as the Rangers went on to win 3-2.
The fans gave him the kind of reception they thought he deserved, and after the game that was one of the things that he was asked about. However, what I love about his interview is his subtle little message for the fans in Texas...
ARLINGTON — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.
The All-Star slugger said Saturday that security guards stayed near his wife, Katie, and their children, and there weren’t any major incidents...
Josh Hamilton will be in the other dugout when the Texas Rangers play their home opener Friday.
Texas is coming off an opening series at Houston, when Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game and Rangers pitchers struck out 43 batters in posting two shutouts. But so much attention in the first home series will be on Hamilton being in a Los Angeles Angels uniform.
Josh Hamilton did not have the smoothest end to his time with the Texas Rangers at the end of last season nor when he opted to sign with a division rival over the Rangers. Fans were not too distraught over his departure with the way he played down the stretch, but that does not necessarily mean they wanted him to go.
Once he regained control of his demons again he'd be back to...
Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the
field or in the stands for his family. While Hamilton said his
family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie
and their daughters.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP while with Texas before going to the AL West-rival Angels with a 125 million, five-year contract...
Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.
Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP while with Texas before going to the AL West-rival Angels with a $125 million, five-year contract over the winter...
Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 8-4 Saturday.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
The only other time the...