Josh Hamilton’s wife Katie had some problems at the Rangers game on Friday.
According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, Katie had to call for security at the Ballpark in Arlington as Hamilton's new team, the Los Angeles Angels, took on his old one, the Texas Rangers. It continues:
“People were being ugly, not necessarily [just] booing,” Hamilton, the former Rangers star, said. “They were being inappropriate with kids around. And that was before the game even started.” Hamilton said the security guards remained stationed in Katie's area of the stands throughout the game, and there were no more incidents after the pre-game insults. Rangers spokesman John Blake said Saturday afternoon that the Angels requested additional security because of a few "overexuberant fans." There were no ejections, according to Blake.
The heckling was likely due to Hamilton's departure from the Rangers this offseason. He signed with the Angels for a five-year contract worth $125 million in December.
Fans often boo players who leave their home teams, but this time things went a little too far, and Hamilton's wife no longer felt safe at the ballpark.
The season hasn’t been good to Hamilton thus far. In his first five games, he’s only gotten one hit, batting .050 with 10 strikeouts. His first game back at Arlington didn't go so well, either, as the slugger went 0-for-4 with two punch-outs.
This won’t be the last series between the Angels and Rangers. The two teams are both in the AL West, meaning that they play each other several times this season, both in Arlington and in Anaheim.
The situation with Hamilton’s wife is sure to add a measure of intensity to the remainder of this series.