Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton doesn’t really owe anything to the Texas Rangers any longer — especially given that he now plays for the team’s biggest rival, and has put behind him what were simultaneously some of the best and worst days of his career.
Typically, though, when given the opportunity to bash a former city, players will choose to decline the opportunity out of the desire to not burn bridges, and to take the high road.
Josh Hamilton doesn’t ascribe to this philosophy, evidently.
In a recent interview with the CBS affiliate in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, Hamilton had the following to say about the quality of baseball fans supporting the Texas Rangers:
There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it’s not a true baseball town. They’re supportive, but they also got a little spoiled at the same time pretty quickly.
Spoiled huh, Josh?
Spoiled because they expected you to behave in the way that you promised you would time and again in telling everyone that you were clean and had moved on to a better, more sober life?
Spoiled to expect you to perform at a high level all of the time and not take an almost three month stretch off after a hot start in 2012?
Spoiled to expect that you wouldn’t try to quit tobacco in the middle of a season, knowing full well the emotional, physical, and psychological toll it would take on you and your professional production?
My only advice to Josh Hamilton is to concentrate on playing baseball for the Los Angeles Angels. The Texas Rangers would love to put any thought of him in the rear-view, but he just won’t give them that opportunity.
You tell me who’s spoiled.