Silence for Josh campaign gains steam
APR 02, 2013 1:51p ET
That’s a question a lot of people want to know the answer to. But there’s another option out there too. It’s the Silence for Josh campaign, who sprang to life in the wake of Hamilton’s spring training comments that Dallas wasn’t a baseball town.
Apparently it’s a pretty big movement too. There’s a Silence for Josh Twitter account (@silence4Josh) that has more than 2,600 followers. There’s a Facebook page with around 8,000 likes. And there’s also a Web site that has an official store for all your Silence for Josh needs.
The biggest seller on the site? A t-shirt that says "Baseball Town Since 1972", which is a reference to Hamilton’s comments. Of course the Rangers don’t play their games in Dallas, but that’s just a minor detail. Nearly 1,500 of the shirts have been sold.
"We started the Twitter site the day after Josh made the comments," said Arlington resident Brad Holmes, who started the site along with his 15-year-old brother Brandon. "We saw an opportunity after Josh said those things. The response we’ve had has been pretty overwhelming and crazy. We’ve packed almost 1,000 packages of shirts to mail out the next morning."
The approach for the Silence for Josh movement is a simple one. Hamilton has said he expects to get booed when he returns to Arlington, unless he means Dallas. The Silence for Joshers don’t want to give him satisfaction of the boos. They’d rather their silence speak for them. “Don’t make a sound. Spread the word,” it says on the Twitter page.
We’ll know this weekend if the movement is working.
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