Under any normal circumstance a 31-year-old man who in five years has hit 142 home runs with 506 RBIs for the Texas Rangers would be in high demand from the home fans to stay here for another five years.
When the player in question is Josh Hamilton, it changes the demand completely.
Tonight at 7:30 the Rangers host the Orioles in the American League wildcard game in what could be Hamilton's final game with the team. After this dropped fly ball in Oakland in the season finale, Josh would be wise to go Roy Hobbs on this postseason to create a different final impression.
He is a free agent after the season, and he has made it zero secret he will go to the highest bidder.
Under any normal circumstance, fans would be lining up at Rangers Ballpark to keep Hamilton, to pay him whatever. The sentiment for the first time in forever, however, feels decidedly towards management to not go with the stupid money.
It speaks to the baggage and fear of keeping Hamilton on the roster.
It also speaks to the power and reputation of Rangers team president Nolan Ryan.
There is so much faith in this organization's ability to make the right decision regarding personnel that the team would let an All-Star walk in return for nothing and it will be greeted with a giant thumbs up.
People are going to side with Nolan before they do Josh.
Facebook Mac Engel