OAKLAND -- Discovery of a suspicious device forced authorities to temporarily shut down the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Friday afternoon, which meant Angels players who didn't take the early bus to O.co Coliseum needed to use public transportation.
That included Josh Hamilton, who went unrecognized for the entire half-hour ride.
"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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