Spring Training… Day 2
From the second day workout
Moment of the Day: Josh Hamilton was walking across left field toward the clubhouse when he took a line drive off the hip from Travis Metcalf. Hamilton flopped to the ground in mock pain and agony but was actually all right.
“My belt took the brunt of it,” Hamilton said. “Weak liner. He was supposed to go the opposite way.”
Pride is back: Country/Western legend Charley Pride is back in camp. Pride, who turns 71 in March, worked out with the Rangers for the first time on Monday. He’s been coming to Rangers camp now for something like 37 years.
“My legs are a little slow under me,” Pride said. “They aren’t what they used to be. It takes me a little longer to get where I was last year and the year before. But I’m still trucking along.”
Lesson of the Day: Rangers pitchers worked on rundowns between third and home. The idea was having a runner on third, infield in with less than two outs and getting a runner tagged out with just two throws.
“If you run it right, close the gap with the runner and give up the ball at the right time, you should be able to do it in two throws,” Washington said.
Roll call: Only eight position players have not yet worked out: infielders Michael Young, Omar Vizquel, Jose Vallejo and Joaquin Arias and outfielders Andruw Jones, Nelson Cruz, Frank Catalanotto and Julio Borbon.
He said it:
I realize this is not the beginning of the season or the All-Star break but yesterday was one of the most impressive displays of pitching I’ve seen in a long time.”
Former Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg