It was painful at times, and the Texas homecoming was nastier than Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton ever envisioned, but finally it’s over.
“Rough crowd,” said Hamilton, after the Angels’ 7-3 defeat Sunday night to the Texas Rangers, concluding the three-game series. “It was a little more hectic than I expected. The persistence of the crowd. The first day, with the first couple of at-bats, I understood. I was able to block it out a lot better later.
“It was a little surprising, but not really surprising. It was a little disappointing more than anything, probably. I don’t take it personal.
“But it’s over, the first time back, all that’s over with now.”
There were comments posted on Twitter that Hamilton, who spent the last five years in Texas, reacted to the Rangers’ boos and taunts with an obscene gesture, but Hamilton vehemently denied the accusations.
“I would never do that, ever,” said Hamilton, a devout Christian. “I think it was the other way around. Many times.”
...When asked if he felt it would be easier when the Angels come back to town in the future, the next time on July 29, he had his doubts the boos would subside, or that there would be fewer taunts about his drug addiction.
“I don’t think it will get less and less,” he said. “But I think it will be easier for me because I’ve been through it.
“When they’re out there chanting things, it’s like, “All right, I made a mistake in the past. I lived with it. I asked for forgiveness for the man upstairs.’ So how could that possibly hurt my feelings? Or discourage me or anything like that?”
Hamilton stopped, smiled, and said: “I’d like to think they were booing the front office here.”
Posted: April 08, 2013 at 05:51 AM | 49 comment(s)
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