Last call from the Desert…This time let’s eat the bones
Another day in Disneyland…
“If I don’t feel right or if they don’t need me, I’m not going to go.”
Adrian Beltre on the World Baseball Classic
So Josh Hamilton has decided Dallas-Fort Worth is not a true baseball town, at least not when compared to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia or New York, although it seemed pretty genuine when 50,000 fans were going nuts after the Rangers beat the Yankees on that magical October night in 2010 with a victory that sent them to the World Series.
Hamilton lifted the ALCS MVP trophy that night and was a hero for the masses, but that was long ago. Now he is with the Angels and will be back on April 5 for the home opener, only this time he will be there as the villain.
So apparently the big story is if everybody will boo Hamilton, and he says “true baseball fans” won’t but that’s really not how the way it works. Yes it would be great if Hamilton received a standing ovation when introduced in the pre-game ceremonies but it ain’t looking that way with the way this spring is going.
So let’s have a big healthy debate over whether North Texas is a “true baseball town” and await whatever else Hamilton has to say the rest of the spring.
“I don’t know what he was thinking,” Murphy said. “Obviously, he was a big voice around here for a long time and fans are probably going to take that seriously. This is very fresh, him coming off free agency and just signing with the Angels. You’ll have to ask him.”
There is one baseball tradition in Arlington that seems to be sacred. When a star player leaves to go elsewhere, the breakup is usually messy. Just don’t know any other way.
The Rangers have reached contract agreements with Wilmer Font, Roman Mendez, Alexi Ogando, Joe Ortiz, Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers, Matt West, and Coty Woods and infielders Leury Garcia, Mitch Moreland, and Jurickson Profar.
One scout said non-roster pitcher Collin Balester has tremendous stuff if he can find a way to be consistent with his command.
Time to play some games and see who has what. Intrasquad today with Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando pitching.