"People kind of shied away from me," Hamilton said. "I don't know what the deal is."
Hamilton walked downstairs from the Angels' hotel in downtown San Francisco at about 3:30 p.m. PT to catch the team shuttle and found out that was no longer an option. So he and his accountability partner, Shayne Kelley, bought a ticket for the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and hopped on board a crowded train.
Most of his teammates, including starting pitcher Jerome Williams, had caught the early bus.
"It's awesome, man," Hamilton said. "Nobody notices you. It's cool."
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