Josh Hamilton heard the cheers during some very good years -- and a few trying times -- with the Texas Rangers. But now that he's playing with the rival Los Angeles Angels, he expects to hear the boos when he returns for the home opener in Arlington.
"I think it's funny. I got booed when I played there. Why wouldn't I get booed when I play for the Angels and play there?" Hamilton said. "It's not going to hurt because I can't think about it. The people that boo, they don't have that relationship with me that know me personally, understand me and have that relationship there."
Hamilton plans on signing autographs and talking to fans when he gets back to Arlington.
"When we go back there and somebody's ragging me or cussing me or whatever the case may be, it's not going to keep me from signing autographs and spending time with them," Hamilton said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Hamilton was asked about the end of last season, in which the Rangers blew a five-game lead in the AL West with nine games to play and ended up losing in the AL wild-card game to Baltimore.
"I wish it would have turned out differently," Hamilton said. "I wish we would have won. I wish we would have gone ahead and wrapped it up and got it done and could have focused on the playoffs. But it didn't work out that way."
So what about you? Will you boo Hamilton when he walks up to the plate for his first at-bat at Rangers Ballpark?