ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton said he is happy to be back home, sleeping in his own bed, surrounded by his family. How his return to Rangers Ballpark, with the expectation of some booing from his former fans, would remain to be seen. But one thing the Angels' new right fielder and cleanup man is secure about is his relationship with his new teammates.
Asked how long it took him to feel he could be himself with the Angels, Hamilton said, "About a day. Good group of guys. They got rid of some guys and brought new guys in. [They have] young guys coming up. But it just reminds me a lot of the Texas clubhouse, with guys just wearing each other out with every nationality, from pitchers to position players.
"There's none of that off in the corner-type of things. It's really exciting. Hopefully, I can influence that excitement in the dugout."
Hamilton's comfort level has been apparent in his open manner in the clubhouse and upbeat attitude. He'd like to emulate a former Texas teammate in that regard.
"Adrian Beltre is the most entertaining player I've ever played with," Hamilton said. "I'll continue to say that. Just the intensity and the willingness to be outspoken from Spring Training day one until the end of the season is something I admire about him."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.