Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
* Marlon Byrd on Sammy Sosa hitting his 600th home run: "He’s got 100 to go. He’s not finished. He wants to keep playing and I told him he’s got to keep popping."
* Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on Sosa: "I’m happy for him, no doubt about it. I’ve known him since he was 16 and watched his career progress. Pretty awesome. It’s special to him and should be special to all of us in the Rangers organization. It’s his work ethic, conditioning and preparation. That’s why he’s doing what he’s doing."
* Rangers owner Tom Hicks wasn’t at the ballpark on Wednesday to see Sosa’s 600th home run. He was at a hockey owner’s meeting where he was elected to the NHL’s board of governors.
* If you were paying attention, you know that Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hit his 600th home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates, his former team, in 2002. Jose Canseco was with Tampa Bay when he hit his 400th home run against the Oakland Athletics. Boston Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx hit his 500th home run against the Philadelphia Athletics.
* In the Rangers Hall of Fame voting, Tom Grieve and Steve Buechele came the closest to getting inducted along with Rusty Greer.
* The rules of the Rangers Hall of Fame state that a player must be out of baseball for two years before being eligible. That means Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro are up for election next year. Gonzalez had one at-bat with Cleveland in 2005. Otherwise he could have gone in this year with Greer.
* Or not.
* When Ken Griffey Jr. first signed with the Mariners at age 18 he said: ""I don’t know if I can deal with making outs. I went a whole season in Little League without making one, and I didn’t make that many in high school, either."
* Just for the heck of it: Bob Tewksbury
* Scott Eyre after watching Willie pitch against the Cubs on Thursday: "It’s really neat to see him and watch him pitch out of situations is great. It’s almost like a proud father. I’m six years older, and I think he was two when my parents divorced. I’ve been like a dad. He’s said that before — I’m not saying that. It’s really enjoyable. I hope he continues on and pitches for a long time. I know he’s worked hard in the Minor Leagues, and that’s the best part. We’ve talked about his trials and tribulations and the things he’s gone through and things he’s overcame. It’s really neat."
* The Rangers are at least curious as to why outfielder Milton Bradley was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics and are looking into the situation. But club officials said they are not characterizing it as "interest" yet.
* Sosa is hitting .341 with runners in scoring position. That’s tied for the highest for a single season in his career. He hit .313 in those situations in his MVP year of 1998.
* Craig Biggio is eight hits from No. 3,000. Think he can do it in three games this weekend? Think the Astros will let him? Maybe not but Rangers could see him get his 1,000th extra base hit. Only 26 players have done that and he needs two.
* If Roy Oswalt wins on Saturday, he ties Nolan Ryan with 106 career wins as an Astro, fifth best all-time.
* White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen: "I’m tired of being positive. I’m tired of being the [rah-rah] guy and ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,’ If I have to be the guy they don’t want me to be, I will be. Blame the players, too. I take the blame because I run the ballclub, but once in a while. …Every move I make is the wrong move. Why? Because they aren’t supporting me and doing the things they’re supposed to do. We have to apologize to the fans who show up to watch this thing. I’m tired of watching this, day in and day out."
* Bill Mosley was voted Most Athletic in the Commerce (Ok.) High School Class of 1949. Beat out his buddy Mickey Mantle.
* Did you see that former Rangers pitcher Doug Davis broke an 0-for-51 with a single on Tuesday for Arizona?
* You have to be a die-hard Rangers fan to follow this piece of esoterica. Outfielder Daryl Hamilton played 1,266 1/3 innings in the field with the Rangers and never made an error. What player was second with the most innings in the field for the Rangers without an error? Monty Fariss. He was the Rangers first round pick in 1988 who never made it because he had an erratic arm. But he never made an error.