ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton said he calls 'em as he sees 'em.
"I speak the truth," Hamilton said. "I don't sugarcoat it. People can see through that. I don't want to take back anything I said."
However, at a news conference before his first game here as a member of the rival Angels, Hamilton came pretty close to taking back his spring training comment about the Dallas-Fort Worth area being a "football town." Rangers fans, already grumbling after Hamilton did not give their team a chance to match the Angels' $125-million offer, did not care for Hamilton's description of their town.
"The 'football town' thing has been an absolute nightmare," Hamilton said.
When he arrived in Texas in 2008, he said, he noticed that Friday night crowds of 20,000 would dwindle to 10,000 in September.