Friday, April 5, 2013
Josh Hamilton makes return to Arlington
The Texas Rangers begin a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels today at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Derek Holland will get the start against Jason Vargas. Oh yeah, and Josh Hamilton will make his first appearance against the Rangers as an Angel.
Hamilton did some great things in Texas, including winning an MVP and helping the Rangers earn back-to-back trips to the World Series. But the way last season ended left some people with a bitter taste in their mouths.
ESPN Dallas' Jean-Jacques Taylor expects Hamilton to understandably get a healthy dose of boos upon his return To Texas, but says it's time to get over any grudges:
It's time for Hamilton and the Rangers to move on. The Rangers made a business decision. So did Hamilton. There's no need for Hamilton to be bitter because he has the five-year $125 million contract he craved that will take care of his lovely daughters while helping Hamilton and his wife feed a hurting world. And the Rangers have moved on, taking some of the cash they didn't spend on Hamilton to sign pitcher Matt Harrison to a five-year, $55 million deal and shortstop Elvis Andrus to an eight-year deal worth as much as $130 million. Treat Hamilton like an ex and wish him well. There's no need to be angry.
You can read more about Hamilton's return here.
So what is your lasting impression of Hamilton? Are you glad he's gone?