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Unwise Sound Bite May Cost Hamilton

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It's going to take more than a few Bible verses for Josh Hamilton to talk his way into a long-term, high-dollar contract with the Texas Rangers.

But here's a suggestion for him: Stop talking about it.

Hamilton needs to stop saying anything about multiple years or obligations to his family. He needs to cease pointing out how hard he plays the game of baseball.

Mostly, he needs to understand the power, for better or worse, of the TV sound bite, and how one candid assertion can sometimes sound like a declaration of war.

Hamilton talked to the media Friday at spring training for 36 minutes. But it was one sentence, delivered almost as an afterthought, that stirred the flames of fans and fed the radio talk shows.

"I'm not going to sit here and...

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