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|One of the lasting images of Josh Hamilton's time in Texas was his lazy drop of a fly ball in the finale against the A's. But there were plenty of good times, too.|
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. No one wants to be judged by their worst day at work. Or in Hamilton's case, his worst three weeks of work. His legacy here shouldn't be as a quitter. He was too good for too long. Hamilton was a five-time All-Star who provided a litany of great moments in his time in Texas. He won an MVP and helped make the Rangers one of baseball's best teams. He hit 142 home runs and drove in 506 runs. No one will ever forget his magical performance in the home run derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008, or his four home run performance against Baltimore last May. And if the Rangers' bullpen had managed to hold onto to the lead after Hamilton's 10th-inning home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, we'd probably be talking about how large to make his bronze statue outside the ballpark. So boo if you must, cheer if you choose. Hamilton plays for the enemy these days, and his issues belong to the Angels. Remember the good times. Wish him well. He's somebody else's problem now.