Former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton took a lot of heat from folks last month for criticizing the fan base of his ex-franchise. The All-Star was quoted in saying that he didn't believe it was a true baseball town. He also called them "spoiled," among other things. Those were fighting words for some Rangers fans.
Now, former Rangers teammate C.J. Wilson has come to Hamilton's aide.
The two played together with the Rangers from 2008-11 and have been reunited this season with the Los Angeles Angels. And Wilson's latest comments will probably do nothing to help their image back in Texas.
"There are so many different ways to slice that,"Wilson said. "I've been editorialized [against] plenty, so I can relate to the reaction that he got.
"If you really look behind the quotes, what he said was: Texas is a football state. Everybody loves football in Texas. That's never going to change. The Cowboys are always the biggest show in town. Always.
"Now, [the Rangers] draw a lot of fans — at least, they have the last couple of years, but that's because the team has been so good. When I was a rookie, when I first came up, we were not drawing 3 million fans a year. It wasn't like the Cubs.
"More people get turned on to baseball because the team's winning. The quote might be a little bit weird, but if you step back and take a look it, it's like, well, yeah, every city whose teams wins, more people go to the games."Los Angeles is set to pay a visit to the Ballpark in Arlington on April 5. Because they both play in the American League West Division, the two teams are set to see a lot of each other in 2013. It will be interesting to see what kind of reception Hamilton receives after spurning the organization in favor of a lucrative contract this winter.
Via USA TODAY