After going 0-4 and being booed during Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Wild Card game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas center fielder and impending free agent Josh Hamilton insinuated he has played his last game in “The Lone Star State.”
The 6-foot-4, 240 pound Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and winner of the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player award, said the heckling was “bad, pretty bad.”
Hamilton, the first overall selection in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, paraphrased a bible verse to further explain his feelings regarding the catcalls.
“I think about bible verse that says if they don’t receive you in town, then shake the dust off your feet and move on,” said Hamilton, 31, a lefty who has compiled 161 dingers and 553 RBI in six professional seasons.
Hamilton, who batted .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBI through 148 games, is expected to pursue a 10-year contract worth in excess of $200 million.
Considering Hamilton’s struggles with addiction and frequent battles with injuries, many teams will be understandably wary to sign the slugger.
Further concerning for potential suitors, Hamilton relapsed and boozed last February and admitted his “demons are still tormenting him.”
For the betterment of Hamilton, the Rangers and their fans, Texas’ suits need to find a way to “shake the dust off” and agree to a deal with the superstar.
Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers remains an ideal match and neither party should “move on.”by