ARLINGTON -- The organ at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington cleared its throat Thursday night, blasting familiar baseball tunes across the empty field. But when Josh Hamilton steps to the plate in an Angels uniform Friday, a growing number of Rangers fan want to hear only silence.
No boos. No yells.
"It's to give Josh the silent treatment," said 15-year-old Brandon Holmes.
The Birdville High School freshman and his 24-year-old brother, Brad, started the "Silence 4 Josh" social media campaign in February after Hamilton said the Rangers don't play in a true baseball town.
"We supported him for five years," Brad Holmes said. "He leaves, and trashes our town. We are a true baseball town."
Thursday night Holmes was selling "Silence 4 Josh" t-shirts at the Grease Monkey bar and restaurant in Arlington. He promoted the event on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook page has over 8,000 likes.
And word has spread to Anaheim. Brandon Holmes got a call from from a California reporter who told him Hamilton isn't too happy about the campaign.
"My jaw dropped," the teen said. "It got to Josh Hamilton.
"He was hard on us," he added. "I don't think we're being too hard on him."