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July 27, 2012

Josh Hamilton on being booed by Rangers fans

Josh Hamilton heard the boos showering in on him Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.

All 47,638 fans didn't voice their displeasure with Hamilton, but a good majority let him have it after he struck out in the third and fifth inning. Hamilton went 0 for 4 -- but drove in two runs on a sacrifice fly and run-scoring groundout -- and is now 7 for his last 59 over 16 games.

"Yeah, I noticed but it's all about what have you done for me lately, no matter who you are," Hamilton said. "That's what it is. There are more fans that are still cheering and encouraging me than the ones that are booing.

"I pray for the ones that are [booing] and I appreciate the support of the other ones."

Hamilton, who has fought addiction his entire career, has heard plenty from fans across the country. But what did he make of the hometown crowd booing him?

"It's disappointing," he said.

Hamilton paused and repeated: "It's disappointing. It is. I'll leave it at that."

Hamilton said he will continue to work through his struggles at the plate, and believes he is close to regaining the form that made him the American League's top player in April and May.

"There's nothing missing," Hamilton said. "I'm going to keep practicing. When it's time, it's time."

-- Drew Davison


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Yes Josh there is something missing. That player who raked in April and most of May is missing.

I find your comments condescending to fans and will pray for you. You need to spend more time figuring out what a 'strike' is and less time trying to psyco analysis yourself.

So fan's can boo and deject someone, but an athlete can't say his piece? Offering to pray for others isn't a bad thing you know.

Rangers stadium is full of fair weather fans. Where were all these fans prior to 2010? Before the rush on tickets I loved going to Rangers games with my 6 children for the pure pleasure of Baseball and instilling this love into them. Now I can't find decent tickets for 8, but I am glad I do not have to subject my children to the jeers of fair weather fans. I side with Josh, and pray for the "what have you done for me lately" crowd.

Get over yourself, Stan. You're as full of it as the rest of them. "All of these fans" are helping pay this team's monster payroll. And not only fair-weather fans booed Josh last night. He played awful on top of an awful night, and he had been called out by his manager and team president. The fans have every reason to boo his underperforming butt. I don't want your prayers or Josh's.

Pray for those who are struggling every day just to put food on the table every night. Don't pray for baseball fans. What rubbish. Josh gives good Christians a bad name.

We are to pray for and bless those that curse or direct bad things toward us. That's Biblical. Nothing Josh said was condescending. It was only misinterpreted by some who jump to conclusions and who are quick to label and judge. Let's try to pray for him before we judge.

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