Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill, where RangersHomer is always welcome as long as he buys a round!
* Angels manager Mike Scioscia on the Rangers: “They had an incredible season. You could see it brewing. They play the game the right way and are going to be a force for a long time. I can’t say enough about what Ron Washington did. He got my vote for [AL] Manager of the Year. They had an incredible year.”
* The Rangers are not interested in Milton Bradley. Sources have made that clear. He is not coming back. So stop it
* Rangers manager Ron Washington on the A.L. West getting tougher next season: “I think it will. I’ve always said Seattle will be a challenge. They’ve got talent over there that can play baseball. Oakland has certainly improved and they’ve got some good young pitchers. Obviously we’ve improved and the Angels are always going to be steady. If they were ever vulnerable, this was the year and we just couldn’t quite finish it off.”
* Washington on suggestions the Angels have mortgaged their future for the present: “Whatever it takes to win, they’re going to try and do it. That’s what winning organizations do. Believe me, whatever pieces they have to put back together, they’re going to try and do it. They have established to their fans that they want to win, they’ve established to their organization they want to win and their players have proved they are winners.”
* Andruw Jones did not hit a home run in August or September. His last home run was on July 29 against the Tigers.
* Roving hitting instructor Mike Boulanger said the one guy to watch that nobody has talked about is Chad Tracy, who hit .279 with 26 home runs and 107 RBI. Said Boulander, “This guy can flat-out hit.”
* In case you are wondering, Doug Mathis has pitched 1772/3 innings over the past two years combined at Triple A Oklahoma City and in the Major Leagues. He has a 3.59 ERA.
* Elvis Andrus on his defense: “The biggest thing for me is concentration and focus. That’s the thing I’ve learned the most in the Major Leagues. Every day you have to stay focused. You can’t let up for one minute.”
* You know that Golden Tee video machine? Michael Young loves playing it.
* Just for the heck of it: Kevin Kennedy.
* Angels pitcher John :Lackey has a luxury suite at the Cowboys new stadium.
* Brian Roberts on tying the record for most doubles by a switch-hitter in a season: “I mean, I didn’t break Barry Bonds’ homer record or anything, but you’ve got to take what you do and look at it in perspective.”
* It’s only happened once since 1900. On this date in 1920, the Reds took two from the Pirates, 13-4 and 7-3. Then the Pirates won, 6-0. Yes, it’s the only tripleheader in modern baseball history.
* Former Rangers pitcher Mitch Williams and former Red Sox infielder Rico Petrocelli will team up to host a new weekly show on SIRIUS XM Radio. Remember When will debut Saturday at 7 p.m. and be on every Saturday throughout the year exclusively on MLB Home Plate, available nationwide on XM channel 175 and SIRIUS channel 210.
* Cal Ripken on the highest payroll clubs making the playoffs: “That’s the argument made about the Yankees. You look at how important (CC) Sabathia is and (A.J) Burnett to the success of the team. In the end you have the other models. The Twins play really good team baseball and tend to over-achieve all the time. In the end, it’s about the baseball judgments and decisions. But it is nice to have extra money in case something doesn’t work out, or you have an injury or two.. It is an advantage in many ways that you can cover up your mistakes, but you still can compete with the big guys with good baseball decisions and team play.”