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Usually, when fans throw objects at an opponent while at a baseball game, it is cause for ejection, along with possible arrest. In the case of Oakland Athletics fans and Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton, it simply was cause for a snack.
A's fans, who almost never miss an opportunity to tweak an opponent, held "Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night" on Monday with the Angels in town. While playing for the Texas Rangers in 2012, Hamilton dropped a fly ball in the final regular-season game to help the A's win the American League West. Somebody paid $1,280 for that ball at auction, so Hamilton's unfortunate moment still has a valuable shelf life. Just like chocolate bars.
And, like the elephant on the sleeves of Oakland's jerseys, A's fans in the cheap seats don't forget. So they threw Butterfinger candy bars at Hamilton during batting practice as he shagged (baseballs, for you British readers) in the outfield. Butterfinger. Get it?
In response, Hamilton didn't get a security guard, he didn't even get mad. He smiled, he laughed and he got fed.
Hamilton was wise to stock up on the candy bars. The energy probably came in handy for the 19-inning game he was about to play in. Only, Hamilton went hitless and the Angels lost.