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Josh Hamilton takes public transportation to Friday’s game after Bay Area bridge closure

Mike Oz
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The Bay Bridge — which connects Oakland to San Francisco — was shut down for a portion of Friday afternoon while authorities investigated what was believed to an explosive device near the bridge.

That meant heavy traffic for Bay Area commuters. And it also meant that some of the Los Angeles Angels — who were staying in San Francisco while playing the Oakland Athletics — had to find alternative ways to get to O.Co Coliseum. The most famous of stranded Angels: Josh Hamilton, the $125 million man.

Most of the Angels had arrived in Oakland via the team's early shuttle, according MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, but a few, like Hamilton, were forced to take public transportation to the stadium. That meant getting to the game the way many A's fans do, aboard the BART train.

Hamilton ran into this A's fan on his way to the stadium and seemed in good enough spirits to snap a picture and crack a smile:

Hamilton, who dropped a fly ball last season that helped the A's clinch first place, has earned the nickname "Butterfingers" with some A's fans. He's been a good sport about it, eating mini Butterfinger candy bars that A's fans threw at him earlier this season.

At least Hamilton wasn't stranded and using public transportation in a city where people hated him. You know, like back in Arlington.

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