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Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night in Oakland had Butterfingers, personalized baseball

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It wasn't a normal Monday night in Oakland at the Coliseum as A's fans held an unofficial "Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night" that involved throwing candy bars at the outfielder and a personalized autograph ball.

The A's were hosting Hamilton's new team, the Los Angeles Angels, but the appreciation night was a tongue-in-cheek thank you to Hamilton for his poor play as a Texas Ranger at the end of 2012.

Hamilton, as Rangers fans remember, dropped a fly ball in the final game of 2012 in Oakland to help the A's complete a miraculous comeback to win the American League West title.

A's fans decided the best way to honor Hamilton's "accomplishment" was to throw fun-sized Butterfinger candy bars at the outfielder during batting practice.

Hamilton didn't seem to mind, and even posed for a photo holding one of the candy bars that was snapped by an A's fan.

At some point during the game, which lasted for a soul-sucking 19 innings, Hamilton decided to throw something back to the fans who generously gave him the Butterfingers.

It was an autographed ball with the following written: "We come to Christ as we are & he is responsible for cleaning us up! We Trust. He Cleans. Jesus loves you! Love Him!"

Then on a side panel of the same ball, a completely different thought for one of the A's fans: "Your hair is awesome."

As far as on the field, Hamilton finished 0-8 on the night with three strikeouts. The Angels lost 10-8 to the A's and are currently 7 games back of the first-place Rangers.

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