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    Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sits in the dugout after scoring a run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 7, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

    Josh Hamilton hasn't had much go his way since leaving Texas for a big contract with the rival Los Angeles Angels, and most of his problems have come on the field as the former MVP has basically turned into a below-average big-league corner outfielder.

    But one of his bigger problems has come in his returns to Arlington to play the Rangers, where he's usually met with a pretty sound chorus of boos from his old supporters.

    In an interview with KTCK 1310 AM last week, Hamilton said the boos genuinely hurt his feelings, which by the way don't seem to hurt his performance as the Rangers are one of the few teams he does have success against.

    "I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t," Hamilton said when asked if the critical reception hurt. "You understand that 99 percent of the people who are fans don’t really know you as a person. They know what they see. They know what they hear, you know? So that helps me deal with the fact that it did hurt because they don’t know me as a person.

    "Like I said, they don’t have a one-on-one, intimate relationship with me. So they go off what they read in the media, what they hear and that’s OK. Even though I can be OK with them reacting to the only things that they know.”

    Sounds more like Hamilton is trying to make too much out of what the true story is, that he was a beloved star who took big money to go to a fierce rival and then made comments questioning the dedication of an entire fanbase.

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