Hamilton was "honored" with an unofficial Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night by A's fans in right field Monday night in a tribute to his drop of a routine fly ball in last year's final game of the regular season, helping Oakland steal the American League West crown from the Texas Rangers. The fan appreciation night was not sanctioned by the A's, instead organized by a fan on Twitter.
Fans tossed Butterfinger candy bars onto the field during batting practice. Hamilton actually picked one up and ate it, according to one report on MLB.com. He was applauded when his name was announced during the first inning and reportedly took the fans' tribute in stride.
Hamilton's problems at the plate get worse: Hamilton has 32 strikeouts in 25 games. His batting average dropped to .202 entering the final day of April. ESPN's Buster Olney takes an up-close look at Hamilton's hitting woes here.