As fans of any sports team, we tend to look past the flaws of almost any player that plays for our team, and in that same vein, we tend to over blow any flaw that our teams opponent has. It is usually the way of things. So it comes as no surprise that, when a former Rangers player moves on to another team, things that we the fan base were willing to accept about that player becomes a big deal now that he has moved on. So I thought I would put together a list of former Rangers that we all love to hate. I know this because I too am a fan, and I have been at games when we all boo these guys! This is a personal list none the less, and if you think of someone that I have missed please feel free to remind me or correct me or make fun of me. These are in no particular order.
1. Alex Rodriguez. Alex played for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003, and he personally had some good seasons as a Rangers infielder, but the team did not. In fact Alex never brought any fame or glory to any one else on the Rangers but himself, and then he was traded to the Yankees and gotten rid of forever, right? Well we all know how much we love to boo and hate on
A-Rod every time the Yankees come to town for a multitude of reasons. We hate how much money we had to pay him to play for the Yankees, we hate how little he did for the team overall, but mostly we can’t stand A-Rod because he appears to be a very arrogant and self interested person, to a very large degree. Oh yeah, and he is admittedly a cheater. But right now Alex has much bigger problems to deal with than some hate from the Rangers fans in Arlington.
2. Mark Texieria. Mark probably would have gotten off to the Braves without out much anger from the Rangers fan base if it wasn’t for two things: Why he said he left the Rangers and the way he wound up with the Yankees. Firstly, he turned down an eight year, $140 million extension because he didn’t want to play for loser (allegedly what he said). Now we as Rangers fans should be thanking Mark everyday for turning down that deal, because as we all know that trade brought us Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, Beau Jones and Jarrod Saltalamaccia. Three of those guys worked out pretty darn well and would all be Braves (or at least not be Rangers) if Mark had said yes. But we love to hate Mark now because he had an opportunity to play for his hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles, but decided not to for the “Yankee money train”. At least that is why I don’t like him and boo him when he is in Arlington these days.
3. Josh Hamilton – Arlington is not a baseball town. If Josh could take back those words I would like to think that he would. Those words cost him a ton of fans that still would have liked Josh Hamilton the person if he just would have kept his mouth shut. We may have forgiven him for going to the Angles, especially after the horrible season he had, but he had to go and insult all Rangers fans everywhere. And it wasn’t even meant as an insult, he meant that the Cowboys would always be the area’s first love. But either way, he alienated pretty much all of Texas and he got booed pretty much all season and will most likely continue to get booed in the future.