Saturday, April 6, 2013

Blasphemy!

or Traitor!  or even Crackhead! or Sherlocks (Baker St Pub & Grill, where he, Josh Hamilton, had a relapse)!



Sure, easy to call him all these things.  I mean, why not?  He's on the other team!  He plays for the team we hate most, the Angels!!

Not to mention all those horrible things he said about all those passionate Rangers fans who have been tried and found faithful.  Those fans who've been at RBiA (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington) every season, no matter the temperature.  The ones who have suffered through the years when the Rangers didn't make the playoffs for over a decade, yet filled the stadium night after 100 degree night.  Those fans who chose meaningless baseball games over semi-meaningless Dallas Cowboys games.

Haha --yeah, right.

I must've been thinking of Chicago, or New York, or maybe Boston.  They're baseball towns.  However, this is Texas, home of the Cowboys (who play literally across the street, no less).  

It's according to this article that Hamilton said, “It’s one of those things where Texas, especially Dallas, has always been a football town...  So the good with the bad is they’re supportive, but they also got a little spoiled, at the same time, pretty quickly. You can understand like a really true, true baseball town — and there are true baseball fans in Texas – but it’s not a true baseball town.”

Here's what I got from that...  He's talking about people who have recently jumped on the Rangers bandwagon.  Those who became Rangers fan while he was with the team and got used to him hitting homeruns for the home team.  The article goes on to say that Hamilton's comments make him look spoiled --and not the fans, as he's stated.  I disagree with that notion.  His comments are called honesty, and it's something people are afraid of dealing with upfront.  

The Cowboys absolutely dwarf the Rangers in television ratings.  It's not even close.  So while the Rangers have gained a lot of momentum in the past few years, it still doesn't make the DFW area a "baseball town".  The Cowboys opener last year, according to this article, drew viewers at an 8:1 ratio versus the Rangers game on the same night.  However, if you're trying to argue that the DFW area is a "baseball town" as opposed to a "reality show town", you're in luck!  The Rangers had 110,000 viewers to Big Brother's 100,000 on the night of the Cowboys' home opener.  

You know what?  I'm a Christian.  I'm not perfect, I have my faults... Boy, do I have my faults.  I rely on God to guide me through many things.  I don't think I would be able to get through the torments that Rangers "fans" have cast on Hamilton.  I'm glad he is also a Christian, it's what has made him who he is today.  And it's what has helped him get through this weekend, as noted in this article.  Because he is a Christian, he is my brother.  I don't know about you, but I don't treat my brothers the way people in Texas, part of the "Bible Belt", are treating him.  I think it's disgusting.  I think it's appalling that his wife Katie felt the need to have security while she and her daughters sat in the very stadium that they called home for the past five seasons.



His jersey still hangs in my closet, and the autographed photo of him and I will forever hang on my wall.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35

3 comments:

  1. Good post! I got here via Katie :) I went to the game yesterday (Sunday)...such a good game. Lots of booing...and lots of chanting "Baseball Town". Let me just say that Josh was EATING IT UP. He loved it. He was turning around and reacting and egging them on. He was LOVING that he was the center of attention. As for his wife/family? I think it's absolutely uncalled for to mess with the kids. Normally, I would say the wife is off limits too. Unless, of course, you open yourself up to it. Which, she did (for taunting...not physical threats). They both love the attention...but we've all known that all along. Anyway, I would much rather spend my time and energy cheering for my team then booing the opposing team...but that's just me.

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  2. Amen! I follow your wife and I love baseball as well. But I think it's ridiculous that the fans were acting like that! I'm from Cleveland--we have guys coming and going every year. This year, in fact, we had Travis Hafner, who is now a Yankee and he HATE the Yankees, hit a 3-run bomber to center field on Opening Day and he was JUST with us last year! It was awful. And I can't tell you how many people were screaming things like "Why couldn't you do that with us?!" or "Yeah, sure, your elbow just magically healed when you moved to NY!". People were bitter and boo'd him every time he was up, but people also cheered for him. It's a conflicting town, but we support baseball through and through, when we suck and when we're good. I still think that what Josh Hamilton said would have hurt me as well, if I was a Rangers fan, but that's just ridiculous how bad some of the fans were acting!

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