Hamilton talks about Texas
This is from Alden Gonzalez, the MLB.Com beat writer for the Angels, and Hamilton talking about the Rangers.
Still, many figured Hamilton would go back to Texas. It was his home for the last five years, the city where he finally reached his potential and the organization that took a chance on him. But the Rangers had said all along that they were going to let the market play out for Hamilton first, with the expectation that he’d circle back to them and give them a chance to match an offer.
That didn’t happen.
“Looking at it now, I think it’s a blessing in disguise,” Hamilton said. “I gave [the Rangers] everything I had for five years. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me a little bit that they didn’t put the press on.
“The relationships I created in Texas, I love [manager Ron Washington], I loved spending time with him, talking to him. There’s no reason I can’t be in the offices with [Mike] Scioscia over here, spending time with him, talking to him, picking his brain — he’s got a lot of knowledge about the game and I’m sure life as well. And just creating relationships. It’s pretty cool when a new chapter of your life begins and it’s exciting. I started off with the Devil Rays, now I’m an Angel. It’s pretty cool.”