The Los Angeles Angels will face the Texas Rangers for the first time this year in the second series of the season. Naturally, the Los Angeles players have decided to place friendly wagers on Josh Hamilton’s reception from the Texas fan base on April 5.
It is unknown if the faithful fans in Arlington will boo or cheer Hamilton when he makes his first plate appearance of the evening. I have to imagine there will be a mixture of both. The good news for Hamilton is that if there are boo birds raining down on him, he at least will not be surprised by the reaction.
“I got booed when I played there,” Hamilton told SI.com. “Why wouldn’t I get booed when I play there as an Angel?”
I personally hope Rangers fans elect to cheer instead of boo Hamilton. He accomplished so much as a member of the organization and helped so many people in the Texas community.
Regardless, fans feel disrespected by their hero leaving town and will display their frustration in the most vocal way possible. If Brett Favre can get booed at Lambeau Field, something I never thought would happen in this lifetime, Hamilton needs to expect the worst.
However, other fans are taking a more silent approach to the Hamilton reunion. A 15-year-old freshman at Birdville High School in Texas is pleading for fans in attendance on April 5 to holster the boos and stay silent instead. Brandon Holmes has created silence4josh.com to tell people that staying silent while Hamilton is at the plate will be far more distracting than if the entire ballpark boos him.
According to Holmes’ Twitter account @Silence4Josh, “Josh is going to be expecting boos. Why give him the attention? Pay the least amount of attention as possible. Don’t even make a sound. Spread the word.”
Silence over boos would definitely be interesting to see, especially since Hamilton would have no idea what hit him. I wonder if anyone in the Angels’ clubhouse is placing bets on complete and total silence.