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Josh Hamilton Says Texas Rangers Fans Are Spoiled

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Josh Hamilton is not winning friends and influencing people, at least not in Texas. He ought to plan on flying into Texas next time he plays here, because his bridges into Dallas-Fort Worth may now be burned. The former Texas Rangers outfielder, who signed a five-year $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this off-season, told a Dallas-Fort Worth TV station that the DFW metropolitan area is “not a true baseball town.”

“They’re supportive,” Hamilton said about the fans, “but they also got a little spoiled at the same time pretty quickly.”

Hamilton, who was booed in the Rangers’ wild-card game loss to Baltimore in 2012, made the comments to the Dallas-Fort Worth CBS television station on Sunday. His hitting struggles were a central issue in the Rangers’ late season collapse that allowed the Oakland A’s to win the American League West despite trailing Texas by six games with nine games to play.

Hamilton and the Angels will play the Rangers in Arlington on April 5.

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