Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was loudly booed during his return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday. (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
The verbal abuse that Josh Hamilton's wife received from Texas Rangers fans was so harsh that she was forced to call security during the game, Hamilton said.
Katie Hamilton and the couple's four kids remained in their seats and watched Friday's game with a security guard present.
Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts as the Angels lost, 3-2, in his first game back in Arlington since signing a stunning five-year $125-million contract with Los Angeles.
The outfielder, who slumped throughout the second half of 2012 as the Rangers lost their division lead and the AL Wild Card Game, received "vicious boos" from Rangers fans.
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From USA Today:
"It's cool to get ragged on about normal things,'' Josh Hamilton said, but when you get a little swearing and jawing back at Katie, and saying inappropriate things, it's a little different story.
"They were saying personal stuff, stuff that was inappropriate with kids around. It's a good lesson for the kids, just about people in general, and not putting faith in them, but the man upstairs.''
Hamilton conceded that he was upset with the taunts, but was grateful that it didn't appear to upset his kids.
"It was cool, they weren't upset when they got home,'' Hamilton said. "They kissed me and hugged me, and brought friends over. They played on a trampoline and I jumped on the trampoline with them. It was just like any other game coming home, and I was treating it like that.''