Josh Hamilton and the Rangers took care of the Red Sox on Friday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton would've loved to wear a Red Sox uniform

John Tomase
May 29, 2015 - 8:34 pm
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton reaffirmed on Friday night that he is a destroyer of Red Sox. Two winters ago, he considered joining them. The Rangers slugger shared one meeting with general manager Ben Cherington at the 2012 winter meetings, and though the sides never exchanged proposals, he was more than intrigued. It turns out he loves Fenway Park. "It was just good to sit down and talk with them," he said after slamming his first two homers of the season in a 7-4 victory. "You think about places you'd like to go and play, and you get an opportunity to meet with people, when you want to go somewhere like that, just to think about the history that's been there, that's what's always intrigued me, since the first time I walked out of the clubhouse on the wooden pallets underneath the tunnel and I went to the field. That was the only place I ever got nervous, my first season, playing with the Rangers." Hamilton's first at-bat in Fenway was against Daisuke Matsuzaka, in 2008. "The first pitch, I fouled it down the right field line," Hamilton said. "I ended up striking out, but I remember I stood in the box and I was just shaking. So I won't ever forget that." Hamilton never drew serious interest from the Red Sox, who were looking to sign veterans to short-term deals. A three-year deal for Hamilton, an MVP coming off his fifth straight All-Star berth, might've started at $90 million. He instead signed a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels, which ended disastrously when he suffered a drug relapse before being traded this spring. But back when he met with the Red Sox, he was on top of his game. "It was just cool to meet them and talk with the guys," he said. "It's been such a prestigious organization throughout the years, a lot of good players come through there. They've won some championships of recent. It was basically an honor for me to sit in there and talk with them and think it could be a possibility. It was good. It didn't work out, but it was good to talk to them." The Red Sox might've signed him just to keep him away from their pitching. With his two homers on Friday, Hamilton has now driven in 53 runs in 56 starts against them lifetime, with a .314 average and an OPS of over .950. He's had a number of impressive games against the Red Sox, including a towering home run in 2012 off Mark Melancon. "That is the longest ball I've ever seen hit at Fenway," said Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan, who was with the Red Sox at the time. "Some guys asked me recently the longest home run I've ever seen hit, and I told them it was that one." Hamilton's homers didn't travel that far on Friday, but they still did damage. "I don't know why, but I've always played pretty well against them," Hamilton said. "I don't know if it's because I like playing at Fenway, because I do. It's one of my favorite places to play. I'll think about it."

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