ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton's wife, Katie, and their four children were moved out of the stands and into a private seating area for Saturday's game against the Rangers after being subjected to some verbal trash talk during the highly publicized return of the Angels' outfielder to his former home park on Friday.
Angels management requested security for Hamilton's family as a preventative measure with the crowd intensely booing the former Rangers star and serenading him with offensive chants. Hamilton was hitless in four at-bats during the Angels' 3-2 loss.
"It was a great lesson for my kids to see how people can be," Hamilton said. "Put your trust and faith in God and not man, and they can never be disappointed."
Hamilton admittedly was disappointed by the unrelenting nature of the crowd's hostile response every time he stepped to the plate or came near a ball in right field.
"It didn't overwhelm me to where I said, `Oh, my, get me out of the lineup,'" Hamilton said. "It's what I expected. I came to play ball. Same thing [today]. Boos and chants, it's all the same. At times as a player you don't hear what's going on. They had a little chant going on one time, around the seventh [inning] -- once the alcohol got flowing real good."
It wasn't all negative, Hamilton said, grinning.
"When I was on deck," he said, "three little kids said, `Josh, we miss you.'"
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less