LOS ANGELES -- During free agency last summer, the hotly pursued Josh Hamilton received a few texts from a certain former teammate: C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels.
"I couldn't really text him back," Hamilton told Playbook last week, "because I didn't want people to think that he was drawing me [to the Angels]."
Ultimately, the 31-year-old former MVP did sign with the Angels, rejoining his former Texas Rangers teammate in the clubhouse. Which means they could talk again. And do normal friend stuff. Like meet at a ballpark in Lancaster, Calif., and shoot a Head & Shoulders commercial (see below).
Yes, thanks to Wilson's recent pitchman deal with the hair care company -- plus Hamilton's willingness to appear on camera alongside his old new friend -- the duo became teammates once again, with cameras rolling at a stadium known as The Hangar.
"I was like, 'Hey, welcome to the team!' It was really cool," said Wilson, who like Hamilton and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu last Friday took part in a Los Angeles-based event promoting Head & Shoulders' new "Whiff-a-Thon" to benefit Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). "It was a fun experience."
Said Hamilton: "To see him in person, it was like long-lost friends -- kids at school after a summer break just getting back together having fun with each other."
For Hamilton, it was about getting involved with the company and the charity -- which donates $1 for each MLB whiff this season -- plus about becoming acquainted with Southern California. Friday, he said, was only his fifth day spent in the area since signing the deal with the Angels in December.
Wilson, meanwhile, quenched -- at least for a little bit -- his thirst to be on a professional set. A former film student at Loyola Marymount University, the All-Star lefty long has been interested in the industry.
"It was really fascinating for me," said Wilson, who in his free time has written some spec scripts. "I really got a chance to see the way it would have worked out with me if I would have stuck with that and not worked in baseball."
Not that the film flight has left the figurative hangar permanently; inspired by non-baseball friends -- who "are actually good enough [characters], I don't even have to fictionalize them" -- Wilson still has his eyes on TV after baseball is over. And we don't mean as a game analyst.
"I'm aware of the fact that baseball is only so many years of my life," the Southern California native said. "So once I'm done with baseball, I have to do something else with my free time and my creative energy. So I'll probably try to do writing, and see if I could work in TV or something like that."
Hamilton himself is not without his Hollywood future. Last year it emerged that actor Casey Affleck would write and direct a film based on Hamilton's often-turbulent life, and Hamilton said he's spoken with the Oscar-nominated actor about the project (Affleck is currently "doing his thing" writing the screenplay, according to Hamilton).
But that's the future. Right now, the reunited pair is aiming to bring the playoffs back to Orange County ... after they brought the funny to TV.
"It's a really fun, funny series of commercials," said Wilson, who stars in some other ads for Head & Shoulders. "It's cool to be a part of that. If it wasn't as good as it is, then it'd be harder to sign up for, but the Troy [Polamalu] stuff has been a hit for years."