According to the Dallas Morning News:
Ranger fans cheered and clapped when GM Jon Daniels shot down rumors of a Josh Hamilton return. This reaction is no surprise to Miss Baseball or other Ranger fans. We are still mad at Josh, but I thought everyone knew why. Then I read this from blogger David Cash
I was thinking it was going to be a feel-good article about how we shouldn’t hold grudges and such, but no, he seemed to not understand why Ranger fans were mad and started quoting stats about how great Josh was. I thought surely this was just one person who didn’t understand, but then I read an article by Marc Lancaster:
Again, no mention about Josh’s harsh words, and then it hit me. They didn’t know. They didn’t know what Josh had done to make us so mad. Please let me take this chance to enlighten you.
I thought at first I would type it all out, but the videos are too good. Click to see what started this firestorm.
Then to add further insult to injury, his harsh words continued on with his return to Texas.
To Josh Hamilton:
I have been a Texas Ranger fan for more than 30 yrs. I have cheered for my team through the good and the bad.
You were a Ranger, and I loved you and embraced you as a player for my team. Then when you left, your words hurt me in my heart, this place where I love all my baseball players. The only time I have booed for a Ranger, his name was Steve Buechele.
I have cheered for other former Rangers. When Ruben Sierra came up to bat in a Yankee uniform, I went bat-shit crazy cheering for him. Ruben is awesome, even being a part of the evil empire.
Ruben has said nothing bad about Ranger fans.
Josh, I want an apology. I am a true fan and you have insulted me.