Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill

 

Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill, where today we celebrate in the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


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* Ian Kinsler on leading the American League second basemen in All-Star voting: “I think it’s pretty surprising considering the last couple of years it has been hard for the Rangers players to get votes. Boston and New York always seem to lead the voting and rightfully so because they have great fan bases. If I get voted in because of the fans…I don’t know what to say. That would be a heart-felt awesome. Just to have fan recognition no matter where you plan is gratifying.”

 

* C.J. Wilson, who has a 1.13 ERA in his last 17 games, on the difference between this season and last year: “I’m not as teeth-clenched and a high heart rate. I’m more relaxed. I’m realizing that pitching is about making pitches when you’re relaxed rather than being amped up all the time.”

 

* The Rangers play the Dodgers tonight and that was Michael Young’s favorite team growing up in Los Angeles. The first time he faced the Dodgers was in 2001 at Dodger Stadium. He hit a home run in his first at-bat against them off Luke Prokopec. Said Young, “I’ve been in the big leagues nine years but that’s something I’ll never forget.”

 

* The Rangers are 4-17 when they score less than four runs. The Angels won 21 games last year scoring less than four runs on their way to winning a division title. The Rays won 20 games last year the same way in winning the A.L. East.

 

* The Rangers have won 55 games by a score of 1-0 in franchise history but eight of those have come since the Ballpark in Arlington opened in 1994.

 

* Ferguson Jenkins won four 1-0 games in 1974 alone and seven in his career with the Rangers. Bert Blyleven won four 1-0 games in 1976. All of them were complete games.

 

* The starting pitcher threw a complete game in 23 of the first 24 1-0 games in Rangers history through 1980. Since then, there have been just six complete games out of 31 that the Rangers have won 1-0. Three were by Charlie Hough and one each by John Butcher, Nolan Ryan and Bobby Witt. The last was by Witt on Aug. 26, 1990 against the Twins.

 

* Just for the heck of it: David Clyde.


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* David Murphy, on Rangers draft pick Matthew Purke being from the same high school: “We’ve had some talent, it’s not any different from any major high school in Florida and California. But I will say that I’m a strong believer in Houston being one of the best areas to play amateur baseball in the country. It helps that there are a lot of good colleges nearby:  Rice, Houston, A&M, Baylor is a couple hours away, Dallas school…Texas in general. DFW is right up there with Houston. Texas is a great baseball state.”

 

* Chris Davis has 88 strikeouts in 195 at-bats. Last year as a rookie he had 88 strikeouts in 295 at-bats.

 

* Davis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have 152 strikeouts between them. Most strikeouts by two Rangers teammates came in 1987 by Pete Incaviglia (168) and Larry Parrish (154). That was 322 between them.

 

* Outfielder Marlon Byrd has gone 57 games without an error. Davis has gone 54 games without an error at first base.

 

* Apparently Jason Grilli is trying to negotiate a deal to get No. 49 from Doug Mathis.

 

* On June 12, 1967, the Senators defeated the White Sox, 6-5, in 22 innings at R.F.K. Stadium. After that, the American League decreed that no inning could start after 1 a.m. The National League decided not to have that rule.

 

* From 1903 to 1957, the Giants were managed by a future Hall of Famer. That’s 55 straight years under John McGraw, Bill Terry, Mel Ott and Leo Durocher. McGraw did have to take three leave of absences because of illness. He was replaced by Rogers Hornsby and Hughie Jennings. Both are Hall of Famers.


 

13 Comments

Poor David Clyde. Tom was talking about him last night. What a shame that money took predicent over developing talent and trying to get better.

People can say what they want about Hicks, and a lot of it is justified, but he’s routinly shown a willingess to go over slot to sign draft picks and he’s committed a ton of money (wisely) to finding and signing talent in Latin America. I just wish someone had convinced him to do these things years ago instead of carelessly throwing money around signing Alex or Chan Ho Park.

Ian is deserving of the vote. He played very well when he was in Boston.

Julia
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Hefe, wasn’t that the Doug Melvin philosophy before Tom Hicks barged in here with his money and blew it up? That’s my problem with Hicks. The absolute best thing he ever did for this team was to hire Nolan and step back. I, maybe to a fault, give Nolan Ryan credit for the development of Jon Daniels as a credible G.M. That doesn’t discount that JD is an intelligent guy, but he wasn’t a baseball guy. In fact, rumor has it that d’god gave him advice on his first couple of trades and bailed on him when they didn’t work out.
David Clyde…what might have been?

No Sullivanian you’re wrong about D’god…he wouldn’t let us trade any pitcher for any reason. I heard he was on Jon Daniels to bring back Gerald Alexander…well at least that’s the way I heard it. I agree with you about Nolan…and let’s give them credit for Mike Maddux also.

Padilla didn’t have much and we still won tonight. Nice that the guys are starting to hit again. I was getting worried. 10 over and 4.5 up…We still got it!

49 should be retired, i do believe that would be the great Charlie Hough who we got for $10,000 waiver claim. That has to be one of the Rangers best pickups ever. I don’t understand why you guys have a problem with me because i don’t like GIVING AWAY talented players! The Rangers are doing well, lets just hope that we don’t drink the Kool Aid and give away some talented young pitching prospects to get some spare pitcher that is gonna be here for 1 year. Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it, or something like that. Still think…..That good pitching beats great hitting. Still think that Hamilton kept Daniels in a job, now the Braves trade is doing it. Still think we still have a hole at first base and that Tex wasn’t the problem for wanting to win and get his money. Still think Hicks has to sell and the time is right for him to do so. I don’t believe in this economy that someone is going to pay $400 + million unless Barack wants the U.S. Govt to own a baseball team. Hey why not, they are bailing everything else out. Still think the time is right for the Rangers to re-aaproach the Dominican Felons subjects. Hey everyone deserves a second chance right?

49 should be retired, i do believe that would be the great Charlie Hough who we got for $10,000 waiver claim. That has to be one of the Rangers best pickups ever. I don’t understand why you guys have a problem with me because i don’t like GIVING AWAY talented players! The Rangers are doing well, lets just hope that we don’t drink the Kool Aid and give away some talented young pitching prospects to get some spare pitcher that is gonna be here for 1 year. Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it, or something like that. Still think…..That good pitching beats great hitting. Still think that Hamilton kept Daniels in a job, now the Braves trade is doing it. Still think we still have a hole at first base and that Tex wasn’t the problem for wanting to win and get his money. Still think Hicks has to sell and the time is right for him to do so. I don’t believe in this economy that someone is going to pay $400 + million unless Barack wants the U.S. Govt to own a baseball team. Hey why not, they are bailing everything else out. Still think the time is right for the Rangers to re-aaproach the Dominican Felons subjects. Hey everyone deserves a second chance right?

49 should be retired, i do believe that would be the great Charlie Hough who we got for $10,000 waiver claim. That has to be one of the Rangers best pickups ever. I don’t understand why you guys have a problem with me because i don’t like GIVING AWAY talented players! The Rangers are doing well, lets just hope that we don’t drink the Kool Aid and give away some talented young pitching prospects to get some spare pitcher that is gonna be here for 1 year. Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it, or something like that. Still think…..That good pitching beats great hitting. Still think that Hamilton kept Daniels in a job, now the Braves trade is doing it. Still think we still have a hole at first base and that Tex wasn’t the problem for wanting to win and get his money. Still think Hicks has to sell and the time is right for him to do so. I don’t believe in this economy that someone is going to pay $400 + million unless Barack wants the U.S. Govt to own a baseball team. Hey why not, they are bailing everything else out. Still think the time is right for the Rangers to re-aaproach the Dominican Felons subjects. Hey everyone deserves a second chance right?

Trying to catch up on my post stats obviously….. Ha Ha. It is really newsworthy that David Murphy is playing better now that he is getting consistent playing time? And lets not let Daniels off the hook too early, this idiot put Cruz out on the street for anyone to grab and thankfully no one grabbed him. Cruz has turned the corner, took the next step and you heard it hear first. If the Rangers continue to do what they are doing we aren’t going to have a problem with pitchers wanting to pitch here. Which leads to this where is Sheets and what is his health status???

D’god here’s the deal. The ONLY reason anyone is on you is because you are so all over the place with all of your rants. But for me, it’s because they are ALL negative. I am on board with you about the past failures of this franchise because I have been here for the entire ride. But, I am a fan of the game too; which one would have to be to have had so many good times at so many Rangers games throughout the past 37 years. So, when things begin to look up for the Rangers, I want to be positive and take the ride. Will they screw it up again like past front offices? I don’t know, but I want to be on the ride from start to finish. Will I be frustrated if it doesn’t work out? Absolutely and I will, with you, second guess every move that was made. But, I’ll move on with the next plan and grow with it. The bottom line is I love baseball and the Rangers are my team. Even without a championship, I would rather root for the Rangers than ANY other team. I have a history with this team and that is something that is only acquired with endurance. It’s the same feeling I get when I go to LaGrave Field and watch the Ft. Worth Cats. I sit in that small ballpark and look at the field with the original dugouts and it reminds me of the college paper I once wrote on the history of the old Ft. Worth Cats. I remember standing in that field among the ruins of the old ballpark in 1984. Then, I look at the field and think about how some of the greatest players in the history of the game, Ruth, Gehrig, etc. actually played on that field in the exact spot where it is today. I marvel about how important the Cats franchise was to the Brooklyn Dodgers and the subsequent move to LA. My great grandmother telling the story about going to a Cats game with the stands still smoldering from a fire that destroyed the ballpark. My dad telling me stories about going to the Cats games when he was a kid. When they rebuilt that ballpark, all those memories became a shared experience. That is really what being a baseball fan is all about. Baseball is a shared experience between you and your dreams along with the realities of life.

If I were like you seem, I would still be boiling about that trade of Dave Righetti to the Yankees. I couldn’t believe the 3 team trade that sent away Bert Blyleven and brought in Jon Matlack. Ron Darling and Walt Terrell for Lee Mazilli? Instead, I remember the night I saw Buddy Bell hit a grand slam to beat Milwaukee, the first time I went with my dad and he pointed out Brooks Robinson and this guy with a funny name Boog Powell. A bench clearing brawl with the Royals, camera night with a game postponed due to a hailstorm, etc.

So, why don’t you try and focus on the present, enjoy what’s going on here, and apply your thoughts to speculating on what should be done to get this team over the hump if anything and how this is going on during times in your life. Not what they better not do because others did it before. Otherwise, you’ll miss the ride and either go straight to a celebration that you don’t understand, or continued to be mired in the obvious frustration you have been wallowing in.

“Cruz has turned the corner, took the next step and you heard it hear (sic) first.” Really d’god? I don’t recall you ever being a Cruz fan. I thought outfielders were too far from the pitching mound for you ever to notice them. And if JD is an idiot for “putting him out on the street”, then the other 29 GMs must be bigger idiots for not claiming him. Ergo, JD is the least idiotic GM in all baseball. Faulty logic, d’god? Of course it is; it’s similar to “They laughed at Columbus and he was right! They’re laughing at d’god so he must be right!” Whereas in fact Columbus was a fraud (he faked maps) and a fool(to his dying day he thought Cuba was China). And yes, we’re laughing at you d’god, although I’ve no reason to believe you’re a fraud. Although there is that lingering thought I have, that you are actually a reasonable, thoughtful guy who is pulling our collective chains. A sort of all-the-year-round april fools joke. Most of us would rather be thought of as knaves rather than fools, d’god. Which are you?

This is the team we have and many of us are proud of how they’re doing Brad. Why don’t you just try something new and forget about those deals none of us can do anything about. I think some of us how some doubts from time to time about management but now just doesn’t seem like the time to mention them. The guys are in first place and they have been steady as a rock for a while ..even with people hurt. Ron Washington has pulled the right strings…Maddux and Ryan have made a difference with the pitching staff. Poor Rudy is overloaded with guys giving him grief but they keep on hanging on…Why don’t you believe in them Brad (D’god)…it might make you feel good?

Brad? Brad??? You know something we don’t, fred?

“That’s my problem with Hicks. The absolute best thing he ever did for this team was to hire Nolan and step back. I, maybe to a fault, give Nolan Ryan credit for the development of Jon Daniels as a credible G.M.” – If and when Nolan’s throw more policy and emphasis on conditioning pays dividends, I’ll give full credit to the man, and I don’t doubt that he’s aided Jon Daniels in multiple ways, but I don’t recall Nolan being anywhere in sight when Daniels raped the Braves minor league system in the Teixera deal, brought David Murphy on board, presided over what looks like several stelar draft classes and was in office when Hicks wisely decided to spend more money scouting and signing premium latin american talent. This isn’t an anti-Nolan rant, merely a recognition of Daniels maturation prior to Ryan’s arrival. I do agree that the further Hicks is away from the baseball decisions, the better.

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