Scooping the Rangers: Josh Hamilton takes swing at former team
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Every time a television focuses in his direction and a microphone is put in front of his face, there’s one thing you know for sure: Josh Hamilton is going to say what he wants, when he wants.
The newest member of the Los Angeles Angels sat down with Gina Miller of CBS 11 over the weekend and was asked about how the 2012 season ended with the Texas Rangers. While Josh admitted things could have gone better for the team, his focus quickly turned to the fan base itself. And that’s where things took on a life of its own.
“There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it’s not a true baseball town,” Hamilton told Miller. Before he could take the comments back or clarify their meaning, he decided to take it one step further. “They’re supportive, but they also got a little spoiled at the same time pretty quickly.”
Needless to say, the baseball fan base in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area grabbed his comments and ran with them from the moment they were made public. It created an outcry usually reserved for Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo wearing his hat backwards or spending a day on the golf course.
But, before we take Josh out behind the woodshed for his comments, let’s admit that what he said wasn’t exactly inaccurate, and he certainly wasn’t the first one to ever say it.
Dallas/Ft. Worth is not a baseball town. Period. CBS Radio’s Richie Whitt said as much almost exactly a year ago, “I’m hearing Rangers fans screaming that this is now a baseball town. Really? Wake me up when you have a championship ring and 12 straight playoff berths.” Where was the emotion from Rangers fans then? Why was this opinion not the talk of every radio and television station in town? Why were these comments not all over social media?
There is no doubt things have changed over the last three to four years because the Cowboys are no longer the only show in town. However, it won’t ever stop every media outlet in the DFW area from reiterating that this is, and will always be, a football town.
I will be the first to say I believe the Texas Rangers deserve more attention than the mediocre football team that plays down the street from Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.
Let’s talk about the real reason this is even a story at all. Let’s talk about why these fans are really upset about these particular comments.
It’s Josh Hamilton who said them. It’s Josh Hamilton who signed with a division rival. Had he signed with a team like the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals or another team not in the AL West division, these comments wouldn’t be taken nearly the way they are now.
When the 2012 season ended, you couldn’t find a single fan anywhere who wanted Josh back with the Texas Rangers. Especially not for the kind of money he was asking for. They said he wasn’t worth the headache, and he wasn’t worth the clubhouse drama.
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