SURPRISE, Ariz. -- David Murphy isn't quite sure what it means to be a "good baseball town," but he's thankful for the fans in Texas. He said Josh Hamilton is entitled to his opinion, but Murphy is pleased with how the Dallas-Fort Worth fan base has reacted to the club's success the past three seasons.
"We've had an absolutely electric environment to where I think visiting teams coming to play us in Arlington probably view it as hostile a place as there is in baseball and that definitely plays to our advantage," Murphy said. "I definitely the way that the fans have come out and supported us. The last few summers have been extremely hot. It's going to be tough for me to come watch a baseball game when it's 110 degrees out or 105 degrees out. I really appreciate the way they've supported us, especially through all the heat."
Murphy said he hadn't seen Hamilton's comments until they were brought up to him by a few reporters in the clubhouse after workouts.
"Everybody's got their own opinion," Murphy said. "I'm appreciative of the support we get on a daily basis.
So what does he think Hamilton was thinking?
"I don't know what he was thinking," Murphy said. "Obviously, he was a big voice around here for a long time and fans are probably going to take that seriously. This is very fresh, him coming off free agency and just signing with the Angels. You'll have to ask him."