On Sunday Josh Hamilton was interviewed by the DFW CBS television station. In this interview Hamilton called DFW a “football town.” Hamilton said, “There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it’s not a true baseball town.” This comment has caused a lot of talk in Dallas.
Many seem to be really upset with Hamilton for saying Dallas is not a baseball town. But in my opinion, the truth is it’s not. ESPN’s Ben and Skin said it best when they described Dallas as a “football town first and a winning town second.” There are way more Cowboys fans here than anything. Many will attend the Cowboys games and stick up for them even when they are losing. That is not the case for baseball, basketball, or hockey in Dallas. Cowboys have fans in football much like the Yankees have fans in baseball and the Lakers have in Basketball. That proves that this town in a football town first.
When the Rangers, Mavericks, or Stars are having a losing streak or season you will notice not many people attend the games. But that completely changes if that team is having a winning season, which proves this town is a winning town second. I feel that the handful of true baseball, basketball, or hockey fans will back this statement. Josh Hamilton was just stating his opinion that he feels to be true, and I have to say I feel the same. After the interview on Sunday, Josh Hamilton in an MLB.com report said, “It’s not saying I don’t still appreciate them, and thank you for cheering for me and all that. But reality’s reality. I think I’ve always spoken the truth in what I said and not beat around the bush. But I loved my time there.”
Hamilton will return to Arlington on April 5th for the first time wearing an Angels uniform. I am sure many will be there to boo Hamilton for these comments and for the slump he went through last year. I disagree with this action and feel that people should either sit quietly or cheer for him for all that he did do as a Texas Ranger.
To hear Hamilton’s CBS interview click here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8418588
To hear Richard Durrett’s opinion on Hamilton’s comments click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7UM0wBgZX4