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10/09/2012 08:36 am ET

Josh Hamilton's Story And The Fall Of The Texas Rangers

Josh Hamilton ran under a fly ball Wednesday. He wasn't running particularly fast. To Ron Washington's eye, it might have looked like he was loafing. But no matter: Hamilton got under the ball just fine. He stuck out his gloved right hand. Again, perhaps nonchalantly. Opinions will differ. The ball fell to the ground. "I just missed it, man," Hamilton said.

That botched fly is unlikely to qualify as a chapter in the Josh Hamilton Story. Which is to say, no arc will be traced from the bouncing ball to Hamilton's youthful substance abuse, and the fact that the Rangers lost the AL West title to Oakland that day will not become the launch pad for a larger parable.

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