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April 05, 2013

Josh Hamilton strikes out, and Rangers fans erupt in cheers

"Biggest cheer of the day," Rangers TV play-by-play announcer Steve Busby says after Josh Hamilton, leading off the Angels' second inning at 1:23 p.m. Friday, strikes out against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland.
Most enduring image of the pregame ceremonies may have been one of the beautiful, blonde-haired daughters of Rangers fans Robbie and Alissa Parker, who lose their daughter Emilie in the Newtown tragedy, standing on the pitcher's mound, waving a tiny hand to the crowd.
Read Patrick Walker's great account of how the Parkers came to be at Rangers Ballpark on Friday, and the connection with Josh Hamilton, the target of boos in today's baseball proceedings.
-- Vince Langford

Hamilton gives Ranger fans what they came to see: A feeble wave at strike 3.

Boos win out during Josh Hamilton's first at-bat, and cheers erupt when Derek Holland strikes him out on four pitches.

A few #Rangers fans reading the paper as Josh Hamilton steps to the plate for the first time as an opposing player.

Robbie Parker, whose daughter was killed in Newtown, Conn., shootings, breaks down in teras after throwing 1st pitch at #Rangers opener


Jeff Wilson ‏@JeffWilson_FWST 12:50

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones scored front-row seats to the #Rangers home opener.

Video board at Rangers Ballpark just displayed "Welcome to Baseball Town"

More company for Nolan in the owner's box as George W. Bush has arrived along with Laura.

Bill Jones ‏@CBS11BillJones 12:40

Josh Hamilton gets booed as Angels introduced but ballpark only half full so no big deal....1st time to plate will be more interesting

Nolan Ryan standing next to Bob Simpson in owner's box.

Josh Hamilton gets a fair share of boos when introduced but stadium is half-empty right now. #Rangers

Josh Hamilton catches a break during introductions: #Rangers Ballpark not yet at capacity. Boos and cheers. Mostly boos.







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