The headline attraction on the first week of the Angels' season is Josh Hamilton's return to Texas, but Hamilton says he is more curious about his return to Cincinnati. The Angels open the season there Monday, followed by a weekend series in Texas. Hamilton played his rookie season for the Reds, a coming-out party after a seven-year odyssey through drug abuse and the minor leagues. After that one season, in 2007, the Reds traded him to the Rangers for pitcher Edinson Volquez. Hamilton played for Texas for five seasons, including the only two World Series appearances in Rangers history. "I'm more interested to see how Cincinnati goes," Hamilton said. "I haven't been back there. I know what Texas is like. "I don't know how the Cincinnati fans will react, if I'll just be like another player. I only spent one year there." The Angels have not played in Cincinnati since 2007, when Peter Bourjos was in the Class-A Midwest League and Mike Trout was a high school shortstop. Hamilton said he could offer his fellow Angels outfielders one bit of advice about playing in the cozy Cincinnati ballpark. "If it's hit over your head, it's probably going to be a home run," Hamilton said. The Angels will pack their parkas. The temperature is expected to drop into the 30s during the first two games of the series in Cincinnati.
Josh Hamilton is curious about return to Cincinnati
Los Angeles Times | Mar 30