Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill, where we drink a toast to No. 233.
* Michael Young on the possibility of going to a sixth straight All-Star Game: “I’ve had a great time at the All-Star Game. I’d like to go every year but my goal is to have a big year, not just a good first half. If I’m selected it will be an honor but I’m also trying to keep my focus on the field.”
* C.J. Wilson on the Texas heat: “A lot of visiting people have problems because they sweat more than they are used to. They have trouble gripping the ball. Maybe that’s why Joe Saunders has trouble gripping the ball here.”
* Hank Blalock’s first walkoff home run on Wednesday was his 143rd home run of his career. Only two other players had more career home runs without hitting a walkoff.
* Manager Ron Washington on Frank Francisco; “Frankie is throwing the ball well. He just has to get the feeling back that he had before he got hurt. When he does, he’ll be fine.”
* Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Mariano Rivera, who recorded his 500th save this week: “It’s a real honor to be able to say I caught Mo and I managed Mo. I don’t know if we’ll ever see another Mariano Rivera. I don’t think we ever will.”
* All 15 Major League team that are home on July 4 will hold special events to raise funds and awareness in the fight against ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In memory of the Yankees Hall of Famer, all clubs will recreate his “Luckiest Man” speech, which Gehrig made at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, in a pre-game ceremony.
* Former Rangers first baseman Pete O’Brien, whose father, Jim lost his battle with ALS in 1986, will recite an abbreviated version of the Gehrig speech prior to the Rangers-Rays game in Arlington.
* Just for the heck of it: Kevin Elster
* Tony Cloninger was a pitcher who hit 11 home runs in his career. It was 43 years ago today that he hit two grand slams in one game. Only time that’s ever happened in a National League game. He was pitching for the Braves in a 17-3 victory over the Giants at Candlestick.
* Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence but also said: “Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”
* Abraham Lincoln had a baseball field built on the grounds of the White House.
* Chris Davis drove in two runs on Wednesday with a single and a groundout. It was the first time since June 5 that he drove in a run with something other than a home run.
* There are 73 pitchers in the American League who have pitched at least 45 innings to this point in the season. Former Rangers pitcher R.A. Dickey is one of them. He is with the Twins. His 2.36 ERA is the third lowest of those 73 pitchers.
* Kevin Millwood is throwing 110.8 pitches per game, highest in the American League. Rangers starters are throwing 99.3 pitches per game, second most in the league. Yankees starters have thrown 99.4.
* Last year Rangers starters threw 91.3 pitches per game, second lowest. The Yankees were the lowest at 90.7.
* Nolan Ryan averaged 126.7 pitches per nine innings for the Rangers in 1989. That’s the highest for a Rangers pitcher since such things first started being recorded in 1988
* James Cagney was a catcher before he became an actor.