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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A's fans honor Hamilton's infamous drop

By Todd Wills

Josh Hamilton
A's fans gave Josh Hamilton a mock tribute for his drop that helped Oakland win the AL West last season.
It was a rough Monday night for Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton -- beyond his 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in a 10-8 loss in 19 innings to the Oakland A's.

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 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 Insider.