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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Josh Hamilton gives apology to 3B coach

By Richard Durrett

DETROIT -- Josh Hamilton apologized to third-base coach Dave Anderson in a pregame meeting on Wednesday, saying he could have handled the entire situation better.

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"I let my emotions get ahead of thinking things through," Hamilton said. "The more I think about it, the more I understand that I take responsibility for what happened because I had the choice not to go or the choice to go. I just appreciate Dave having confidence in my ability to think I could make that play."

Hamilton said the two talked behind closed doors prior to Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers.

"We talked about everything and I could have taken a different route as far as trying to cool down a little bit before I spoke," Hamilton said. "But everything is good."

Hamilton said he better understood what Anderson was trying to do on the play. Anderson said he's another set of eyes for Hamilton. He tells him what's going on out there, but ultimately, Hamilton has to decide what he's going to do in those kinds of situations.

"It's a learning process in trusting your own instincts," Hamilton said. "He's there giving out information. But when you get right down to it, it's my decision."

Hamilton said he never meant his comments to come off the way it did.

"I wasn't calling him stupid, it was just the play itself and coming out of it injured," Hamilton said. "It could have come out a couple of different ways. I could have made the play and not gotten hurt and it would have been a great play. It didn't work out that way. I just know I should think things through before I speak about when something like that happens again."