Josh Hamilton disses Texas Rangers fans when he came out in a recent interview as the latest member of the Los Angeles Angels. According to the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 18, Hamilton said in the interview that Dallas-Fort Worth is not a true baseball town.
This is an extremely disappointing move for the former Rangers' star. Texas fans supported him through thick and thin and the Rangers did everything they could as a team to help him conquer his demons. In return, Hamilton helped lead Texas to back-to-back World Series appearances.
It wasn't until Hamilton seemed to be sandbagging in 2012 that the fans started to let him know their feelings about his play. However, Texas fans still loved Josh Hamilton. It was a sad day when Hamilton left Texas for a division rival by joining the Angels, but that is business.
Michael Young, one of the Rangers' most beloved players, left the team for the Philadelphia Phillies. When Michael Young returns to Texas, it is almost a guarantee that fans will cheer him. When Hamilton comes back, Texas fans have every right to boo Hamilton.
Yes, Texas is more of a football state and the Dallas Cowboys will always be Dallas' first love. However, fans routinely fill up The Ballpark in Arlington and Texas has one of the most loyal fan bases in Major League Baseball. He said there are good fans in Texas but they are spoiled and are not a true baseball town.
Josh Hamilton disses Texas as he leaves for the team's biggest division rivals. That takes him from the biggest hero to the biggest villain. Hamilton burned some bridges here and should expect boos, even if he thinks the "true fans" won't boo him. Insulting a town won't make "real baseball fans" cheer Josh Hamilton now.