Josh Hamilton: I was booed despite fighting through injuries

Tuesday October 7th, 2014

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton said he put different types of "poison" into his body to try to play in the postseason but was still booed.

Hamilton batted .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI over 89 games this season as the Angels went 98-64 and won the American League West.

The 33-year-old battled various injuries during the season, including to his thumb, shoulder and ribs. He reportedly received 12 injections for pain during a two-week span in September.

Hamilton went hitless (0-13) in the Angels' ALDS loss to the Kansas City Royals.

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From the Orange County Register:

“I thought it was pretty funny, after my third at-bat of the first game, I got booed,” Hamilton said. “I’m like, seriously? I’m out for a month, put all kinds of poison in my body to even attempt to play, and get booed. Whatever. It’s kind of comical.

“I don’t take offense to it because they don’t know me. There is no personal interaction.”

Hamilton is coming off the second year of a five-year deal worth $125 million. 

[h/t HardballTalk]

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