And while that bungled fly ball -- you know the one -- was hard to forgive, that didn't change the fact that the man had been the cornerstone of the franchise during its most successful seasons ever.
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But now he's just trolling us. In an interview, Hamilton told CBS 11's Gina Miller that Dallas "is not a true baseball town" and that fans "got a little spoiled."
Hamilton doesn't define what he means by "true baseball town." Sure, it's not Chicago or St. Louis, where century-old franchises are ostentatiously part of the city's identity, but that seems an unreasonably high standard.
Maybe a better measure would be, oh, I dunno, attendance, a category in which Texas placed behind only the Yankees and Phillies. Or fans who put up with a player's off-field histrionics because they know he's haunted by personal demons.
Whatever the case, Hamilton should fit in well in Orange County, where America's true baseball fans reside.