Not in the wicked city of Josh (holds sign up with goofy numbers).
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.
... 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 this verse — Matthew 10:14 — sounded like a sorrowful goodbye.
“If they don’t receive you in a town,” he said, paraphrasing the Bible, “shake the dust off your feet and move to the next.”
For months, baseball observers have wondered if Hamilton will re-sign with Texas once he becomes a free agent after the final out of the World Series. Now we have the answer.
“I’m not saying that’ll happen, but you know what? It’s just — I’ve enjoyed it here, guys,” Hamilton said, stopping himself from going further. “I’ve loved my teammates. They’ve helped me grow. The coaching staff has helped me grow as a player. I wasn’t fortunate enough to have minor-league years to grow. Some of these years have been dealing with that, learning how to play the game.
“It’s been a lot of fun.”
Posted: October 06, 2012 at 05:55 AM | 88 comment(s)
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