Rain out!

Rain outs on this blog mean one thing: Random pic post.

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I know it’s not baseball related, but here is a picture of a mailbox that is painted to look like R2D2 from Star Wars. I came across it one night walking around downtown Fort Worth.

Tonight it’s the Rangers vs Indians live from Cleavland.

Update…

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Eric Gagne and his butt have both been put on the 15 day disabled list. Were you expecting anything less? Gagne is quickly turning into another Adam Eaton, a high profile guy who stole money from the Rangers and pitched maybe a handful of games.

Mariners are in town tonight. I’m not sure of Seattle’s rotation, but I hope we get to see Félix Hernández either today or tomorrow.

And now I’m off to search for one of those inflatable donuts for Gagne.

PS: I just learned that Felix is on the 15 day disabled list right next to Gagne and his "hip."

Ouch!

J3byz3vgHe came out to the mound in the top of the ninth inning. He donned his extra baggy jersey and Kareem Abdul Jabar goggles. He put away Jason Kendall and drew a full count on Mark Ellis, and….landed wrong.

This after I assured a friend of mine that the Rangers got a good deal signing Eric Gagne, and he retorted by warning me of his injuries. "Nonsense!" I yelled, throwing in a self-righteous snort.

Gagne hobbled off the field like Brenden Morrow hobbling off the ice on Saturday night. But unlike the Star’s captain, the Ranger’s closer did not limp to the A’s dugout to waffle Mark Ellis,  exacting revenge.
Apparently, he strained his….posterior. I didn’t even know that was possible. Fortunately, A.O from Tokyo ran from the bullpen to finish off the unAthletics, by causing Eric Chavez to foul out.

Michael Young went 0 for 4, striking out twice. He is now at .162.

Hammerin’ Hank however, drove in both tying and go-ahead runs with the single he hit in the eighth inning down two strikes.

That’s all for tonight. Now I’m off to gear up for tomorrow’s new episode of 24.

PS: MISSING- Dallas Mavericks. What happened to them tonight? I’m most disappointed. 😦

Loe and behold…

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During spring training, Kam Loe pitched the lights out. However, management thought that he would be better suited for the bullpen, so a travesty occured when Jamey Wright was named the fifth starter. Fortunately for C.J. Wilson’s roomate and tag team partner,  Mr. Loe was given an opportunity to shine when Jamey Wright hurt himself.

After a no decision for his first start, Kameron Loe came back this evening and gave the Rangers 5 1/3 shutout innings. Attaboy Kam, way to stick it to em!

The Rangers bats woke up and took care of the rest  by ripping off five runs in the eight inning to win the game by a final score of 7-0.

Michael Young however, continued to struggle, going 0-5, and leaving four men on base.

Bats? We don’t need no stinkin’ bats!

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A testament of Rangers teams both old and new have been weak pitching and great hitting. 2007 so far has shown us weak pitching and misplaced bats.

The weak pitching I was used to, and was actually bracing myself for. The misplaced bats on the other hand, I don’t know what’s going on with that.

Michael Young is so far hitting .171, Teixeira slightly higher at .233, Hammerin’ Hank is at .220, the Cat is currently .154, and Corky Sosa, a measly .196. The only person doing great is Ian Kinsler who is .340 with seven homeruns, 15 RBI, and two stolen bases.

I know, I know: nobody was expecting the Sosa of 98, Tex always starts out cold, and The Cat is, well, the cat. However, the way Ron Washington and the local media was hyping this team up, I thought the balls would be flying out of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (R.I.P Ameriquest Field) And why not?

The Rangers have always had smoking bats. Juan Gonzalez, Pudge, Jose Canseco, Ruben Sierra, Alfonso Soriano, A-Fraud, Julio Franco, Raffy Palmerio, Will Clark, Rusty Greer, Dean Palmer, and Kevin Mench, are just some of the names of Rangers big bats of the past.

In conclusion, get your act together Rangers batsmen!

In the meantime, I’ll be sitting in my bunker comparing Brandon McCarthy and John Danks’ stats. Who wants to help?

PS: Congrats Dallas Stars for realizing that you were in the playoffs, and pushing the series with the Nucks to a deciding game 7.

PS2: Go Mavs!

Tex

100 Million Dollar Man

Texas Rangers’ Carlos Lee looks to the stands before his at-bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals in Arlington, Texas, in this July 29, 2006 file photo. Lee, one of the top free agents on the market, signed with the Houston Astros, a source close to the negotiations said Friday, Nov. 24, 2006. Lee signed a six-year, $100 million deal with the Astros, the source told The Associated Press.

It’s the ballpark!

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You see that? That is Ameriquest Field, which was formerly known as The Ballpark in Arlington. Ameriquest is primarily known as a “hitter’s park,” and rightfully so. I blame the short dimensions, and the wind gusts created by the park’s design.

Now, how is this important? Well fans, it’s because of this “hitter’s park” that good, quality pitchers refuse to come pitch here. You may say that the Rangers have always lacked pitching, even before April 1, 1994, when the new ballpark was opened. (I was there) Not true! Back in the days of old Turnpike Stadium turned Arlington Stadium, the Rangers had some okay pitching. Just a few names for you: David Clyde, Tom Henke (before Doug Rader ran him out of town), Gaylord Perry, Fergie Jenkins, Charlie Hough, Rich Gossage, Kenny Rogers, Kevin Brown, Jeff Russell, Bobby Witt, and the great Nolan Ryan.

After The Ballpark was erected, things went downhill, and the Texas Rangers became a pitchers farm system for the rest of the MLB. Chan Ho Park, Rick Helling, Aaron Sele, and Cocoa Cordero are just a few notable names that have come and gone in ye olde ballpark.

Every year, the Rangers flirt with getting big pitching, but that “hitter’s park” scares the wits out of them. Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, among others have come through and gave the Rangers a big “nay” because of it. A perfect example is the recent Rangers inability to re-sign pitchers such as Adam Eaton and Kip Wells. I’m telling you, if they don’t re-sign Padilla, I may scream.

In conclusion, it’s the ballpark!

PS: The one exception to this grassy knoll theory is Kenny Rogers’ perfect game.

Introducing…

Me!
I’ve been a longtime Rangers fan, and have followed them heavy since the 1993 season.


Here you will find me ranting about my favorite baseball team, among other local sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, Dallas Mavericks, and Fort Worth Flyers. Anyway, just introducing myself to the MLB blog world. I’ll be back tomorrow with some rants, and perhaps a vintage Rangers story.

Julio Franco

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