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