Last call from the desert…Fielder on his first day;
— Prince Fielder on his first day with the Rangers: “t felt good, it was a lot of fun…nice, easy day, had a lot of fun meeting my new teammates, so yeah, I’m excited. Everybody’s laid back, they work hard. That’s all you ask for, good people who work hard and everybody wants to have fun, which is a big deal when you have to be together with people for so long. I think the guys make it easier when as soon as you get here, they welcome you and start cracking jokes and stuff, so that makes it a lot easier.”
— Rangers manager Ron Washington was fired up when he met with the media before Wednesday’s workout. Washington, who loves to teach defense, had just finished early work with infielders Jurickson Profar, Adam Rosales, Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor and Brent Lillibridge.
“I must have hit a thousand ground balls and not one of them hit the ground,” Washington said. “Everything hit the glove. It’s the first time I’ve come out in the morning and not one ball hit the ground, and I’ve been doing this for a long time.”
— Elvis Andrus on Derek Jeter retiring: “It’s kind of sad for me and baseball. I really enjoyed watching him play. It was like the year I played with Omar Vizquel. They had extraordinary careers. They were role models. I would be blessed to have a career like those guys.”
— Pitcher Todd Van Poppel and outfielder Michael Choice are two of the best players to come out of Tarrant County. Van Poppel, 42, played at Arlington Martin while Choice, 24, went to Mansfield Timberview. Despite being of different generations, they are connected through the Rangers in one way.
Van Poppel was with the Rangers in 1998 when he was part of a trade with the Pirates for Esteban Loaiza. Two years later, the Rangers traded Loaiza to the Blue Jays for Michael Young. Last winter, the Rangers traded Young to the Phillies for pitcher Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. This winter, Lindblom was included in a trade with the Athletics that brought Choice back to the Rangers.
He said it
They’re going to be tough back-to-back, for sure. I just hope they’re not as tough as Trout-Pujols-Hamilton.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre