Champagne and beer flowed in the Texas Rangers clubhouse Tuesday, but they were not part of the initial celebration. That was reserved for ginger ale.
The Rangers waited for All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton to come into the clubhouse before erupting into a celebration, drenching the slugger with the soft drink. The move caught Hamilton by surprise, but he couldn't have been more happy.
“It meant a lot,” Hamilton said. “They were waiting on me out there. They came around the corner, they doused me with the ginger ale. I had no idea they were doing that. It says a lot about my teammates, them understanding the sensitivity of my situation and not wanting to send the wrong message to other people out there.”
The celebration was set up by left-hander C.J. Wilson, who does not drink, and equipment manager Hoggy Price.
- Anthony Andro