Daily Distractions: Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton gave Rangers fans the football sign. What’s the football sign?

Josh Hamilton

Did Josh Hamilton strike a Heisman pose over the weekend? How does one confuse that with a middle finger? (Associated Press photo)

So a 2-4 record is no good, and losing two of three to the Texas Rangers is no good, and Jered Weaver hurting his elbow on national television is no good for the Angels. But this exchange, as relayed by USA Today, is good:

There were comments posted on Twitter that [Josh] Hamilton, who spent the last five years in Texas, reacted to the Rangers’ boos and taunts with an obscene gesture, but Hamilton vehemently denied the accusations.

“I would never do that, ever,” said Hamilton, a devout Christian. “I think it was the other way around. Many times.”

The only gesture that Hamilton made, he said, was making football signs, poking fun at the fans’ outrage over his comments calling the Dallas-Fort Worth area a “football town.”

“I gave him the football sign,” Hamilton said. “But I would never flip anyone off.”

Hamilton said he didn’t find irony in the fact that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday, whom he met before the game and took pictures.

My follow up: Do you find irony in the fact that there’s a “football sign” in Texas? Pardon my Californian ignorance, but can anyone in Texas tell me what the football sign is?

Onto some links:

• Four years ago, Nick Adenhart pitched an amazing game at Angel Stadium and died the same night.

• Via Yahoo! Sports: “The bases-loaded double play in the first inning Sunday almost solidified Hamilton as having the worst opening week of anyone, though hits his next three times up redeemed him – and lifted his batting average to .160.”

Look, a shiny Mike Trout baseball card!

Chris Iannetta and Bobby Wilson were born 30 years ago today.

• The Angels released minor-league pitcher Matt Collins and shortstop Brandon Brewer, and signed pitcher Alex Keudell and catcher Mark Fleury, per BaseballAmerica.com.

• Sunday’s injury was a best-case scenario for 34-year-old Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, reports CBSSports.com.

• If you want New York Yankee tickets, be careful.

• Deerhunter is back. They performed this song, the title track to their album Monomania, on Fallon last week. Punk rock for a new generation?

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