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TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Hamilton #32 poses during the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day on February 21, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With all the boos Josh Hamilton heard over the weekend in his return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, you'd have thought the former Rangers star would be relieved to make his home debut with the Los Angeles Angels in the "Big A" on Tuesday night against AL West rival Oakland.
While that might have been true, his first game in front of his new home fans didn't go so well, and over the course of the night Hamilton went from receiving a standing ovation in his first at-bat to being booed by the time the game was ending.
Hamilton went 0-for-4 in his home debut, striking out once and leaving an unbelievable eight runners stranded on base, failing to come through twice with the bases loaded.
From this point, things can really only get better for the embattled Hamilton, who doesn't have to come back to Arlington until August and can't do much worse than he has in his first seven games of 2013. In those seven games, Hamilton has been hitless in five, and if not for his 3-for-5 night in the Angels' loss to the Rangers on Sunday, his .138 average would be much worse.
Keep up the good work, Josh. No one knew you'd be helping the Rangers even after you left Arlington.