Photos from Josh Hamilton’s return to the Ballpark

Texas Rangers fans show their support for outfielder Josh Hamilton during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Hamilton played his first home game with Texas after being reacquired from the Los Angeles Angels. Boston won 5-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Texas Rangers fans show their support for outfielder Josh Hamilton during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Hamilton played his first home game with Texas after being reacquired from the Los Angeles Angels. Boston won 5-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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Couple of random questions … How did we miss out on drafting Trout, and when the heck are Alfaro and Gallo moving up? Rangers fan since ’75.

Why didn’t they show my “Coke is It!” sign?

The bullpen is looking better. The Rangers are playing better! Pitching cures a lot of ills. It truly is all about the pitching! Why not De Shields at second base?

22 other teams passed on Trout before the Angels took him with their 2nd pick in the 1st round. That was the Matt Purke draft. Ryan wanted Matt Purke. He scouted him in person. He negotiated directly with the family and reached a contract agreement. Because the team was in bankruptcy, Bud Selig would not approve the contract. As big a miss as Trout was, as big a mistake as Purke was, so was passing on Shelby Miller out of Brownwood who wanted to be drafted by the Rangers, and who went to the Cardinals 5 picks after Purke.

Hindsight is 20-20. I wonder what all the JD haters are thinking now as the pipeline begins feeding the big league team for real and moves are turning into good moves. There is something special going on with this team right now and that is amazing considering how I was feeling in April. This thing is getting good and more help is coming while the talent level seems to be getting deeper. And then there’s that #4 pick coming up in the draft. It is a good time to be a Rangers fan and this may be the start of another multi-season run. Maybe it will be the run that gives us that championship, or two, or……………

The truth is that all moves don’t work out. With JD, more have worked out than have not and I believe that he is part of a very well put together organization. Regardless of what happened with Nolan Ryan, he was one man and this organization is not about one man at any level. On the field, we are seeing a team with a different star every night and with chemistry that is special. I believe you also see that team aspect getting developed in the minor leagues (thinking of the photo of Mazara, Gallo, Alfaro, Williams). In the front office, you see a group of people on the same page with a pretty good chemistry of their own and a scouting staff that continues to gather talent from many places. All that can be summed up with one word. Balance. As a fan who has seen this franchise so unstable going back to the 70’s, I truly appreciate that. We saw a little bit of it in the Tom Grieve G.M. years, some in the Doug Melvin G.M. years, but not nearly as much as we have seen in the JD years which I believe we are now in year 7.

Regarding the comment that “pitching cures a lot of ills”. Even more so is “team”. We are watching this team become a true team and they are getting better the closer they get. That’s what allows those abilities to shine.

In April I said that I needed to see something because my faith was weakening. Well, I’m seeing something and I like it!

A well said from me also….I’m so tired of D’god posts

Well said Rodney.

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