Josh Hamilton, who appeared at a news conference at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney in Anaheim on Saturday with his wife, Katie, was asked about the Texas Rangers' approach to negotiations during the 2012 season and in the offseason. The Rangers and Hamilton's representatives agreed in the spring that he would test the market rather than enter into negotiations to sign him to a long-term deal before he became a free agent.
"I gave them everything I had for five years," Hamilton said during a news conference televised on MLB Network. "I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't bother me a little bit that they didn't put the press on."
Hamilton then said he liked how his wife explained it, comparing it to dating. He urged Katie to share her feelings, and she did.
"My take on it was that we were with them for five years and if you're going to date somebody and that's going to be your man or your woman, you make it official and you make it known pretty quick or at some point that you want to be with them," Katie Hamilton said. "They let us date other teams. Josh said he'd give them the first chance, and they didn't take him up on that. They let us go out and date people and kind of give our hearts away."
Josh then said: "She said, 'You should have put a ring on it.'"
"In hindsight, I'm so glad they didn't," Katie said. "We feel so strongly that this is where God has moved us and planted us and we could not be more thankful to the organization and more excited about our family's adventure out here. We love the game and definitely like to win. We're looking forward to it."
Hamilton talked about how he said the club would get the first shot to re-sign him. He never did answer about the idea that the club could at least have a final conversation or a chance to try to match a final offer.
"It came out of my mouth that they'd get the first shot," Hamilton said. "And they let me date. I mean, it is what it is."