Josh Hamilton is no longer a Texas Ranger, meaning the Dallas-Fort Worth area is deprived of its chance to spot the recovering alcoholic in bars and be subjected yet again to his Jesus-centric quotes.
Maybe he should stick to proselytizing, because all he's doing now is pissing off Dallas fans.
Hamilton has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels, and apparently that has set him free to say what his heart has been feeling about Texas Ranger fans. He went on a DFW sports-talk radio station (the "Ben & Skin Show" on ESPN Radio) and let his true feelings about Dallas fans fly.
It turns out he feels, for example, that Dallas is not "a baseball town."
"There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it's not a true baseball town," he said -- giving hope, we suppose, to those who live in Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving and everything else in the Metroplex.
To be fair to Hamilton, it's hard to argue that Dallas is anything but a football town -- the Cowboys rule there to a degree that's difficult to imagine unless you lived through the "Luv Ya Blue" days down here.
But he went a little further than that in making his point, according to the report on the ESPN-Dallas Web page (Motto: There are other teams to cover besides the Cowboys?)
"They're supportive," Hamilton said about the fans, "but they also got a little spoiled at the same time pretty quickly."
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"Pretty quickly"? Again, it's hard to fault Hamilton. We swear we could see Ranger fans in the stands watching the World Series while furiously thumbing their iPhones for mock drafts on who the Cowboys might take in the seventh round that year. To be fair to the Dallas "fans," many of them did stand up whenever they noticed everyone else cheering a three-run, sixth-inning homer by the home team.
Ranger fans won't have to wait too long to express their opinions on Hamilton -- the Angels are the opponent in the Rangers' home opener April 5.
Those baseball fans who show up will no doubt boo, if they can break away from their heated discussions on who the Cowboys might get to fill that third-string inside linebacker spot.