Message from Kelly Durrett

Kelly Durrett, wife of Richard Durrett, asked that this message be delivered to Rangers Nation. It speaks for itself:

“On Tuesday our peaceful life exploded into chaos and devastation that will redefine our existence. It will take weeks and months just to begin processing a way forward without Richard. But even as our world turns darK, glimmering around us are the hundreds of small lights Richard planted throughout his life. With every message and article and post the reflection beats back the darkness. We are blinded by the Rangers generosity and a community unfathomably larger and more generous than we ever could have imagined. It is impossible to adequately express our gratitude.”

Kelly, Owen, Alice and Baby Durrett.

Richard Durrett Memorial Fund

First of all, thank you for the overwhelming number of e-mails, text messages and Twitter tweets in regards to Richard Durrett. The response is overwhelming but not unexpected because of who he is. Difficult to respond individually to everybody. Another day and another game.

But Jeff Wilson and I and many many of Richard’s friends are eternally grateful for the kind words.

There isn’t really much to say. The memorial fund information from the Rangers is below. All I can think of are the immortal words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 50 years ago.

“Yes we will smile again, But we will never be young again.”

TEXAS RANGERS ANNOUNCE DETAILS
FOR RICHARD DURRETT FAMILY FUND

Arlington, TX – The Texas Rangers today announced the establishment of a fund for the family of the late Richard Durrett.

Mr. Durrett, who covered the Texas Rangers for the last decade, first for the Dallas Morning News and more recently for ESPNDallas.com, passed away suddenly on Tuesday at the age of 38.

Donations can be made at texasrangers.com/foundation or through the mail at Richard Durrett Family Fund, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, 1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 400, Arlington, TX 76011. Donations made through the Rangers Foundation in his memory will be directed to the Richard Durrett Family Fund.

Donations can also be made to the Richard Durrett Family Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 3880 Hulen Street, suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76107 or at any of their five metroplex locations.

To Absent Friends…Richard Durrett

Richard Durrett, 1975-2014

Richard Durrett, 1975-2014


I am in the heart of the world’s greatest city and my heart is somewhere else.

It is in a bar in Surprise, Arizona.

It is Spring Training all over again and we have just finished another long hot day in the desert, hanging around a clubhouse, asking redundant questions and writing 2,000 words or more about stuff that for the most part will be irrelevant once this regular season begins.

I am sitting at the bar with some of the best friends a baseball writer could ever have. I am sitting there with Jeff Wilson, Drew Davison and Anthony Andro.

Richard Durrett is there as well.

There is a game on television. It could be the NBA, the NHL or college basketball. I have no clue what it is about. I only know baseball, the San Francisco 49ers and the University of San Francisco. Anything else going on, I am totally ignorant.

I ask Richard what this game means and he explains it completely. The Stars are on the playoff bubble, the Mavericks have lost three in a row, the Bruins are trying to hold on to something or another, this player is on a tear or that player is about to be traded.

Richard knows it all – his knowledge of sports is all-encompassing – and it is the perfect way to end another day in the desert. We talk about the game, we talk about our jobs, we talk about our families. We talk as close friends always talk. Jeff gives us the latest on Henry and Anthony updates us on Patrick.

Richard talks about Owen and Alice. The nights pass pleasantly and I am extremely grateful for them. I couldn’t ask for better company and I smile when I think about the time I swindled a beer out of Richard because I was able to name every capital of all 54 African countries.

There are times Richard leaves early. He has to go watch the latest episode of Downton Abbey. Yes, he was one of those and I give him “grief”.

There are times he has to leave because he is going to do a video chat with Owen and he is excited about it. We will get all the details later.

That is really hard to write because I have a son of my own.

John graduated from Texas Tech in December with a geophysics degree and I threw a big party for him in December. Richard came and brought his father-in-law.

Why did he bring his father-in-law? Because his father-in-law is a geophysicist in the Air Force. Richard thought it would benefit my son to talk to him. They talked for an hour.

Yeah I guess we were competitors and he made my job harder at times. He made it easier far more. We sat beside each other in Spring Training and the Ballpark every day. We helped each other when we could. We also tried to out-fox each other even though it was pointless. But mostly we just laughed and helped each other through the day.

He was tireless. He had to do so many things, including video. “The Dick Durrett Show” I called it. “Who is on the Dick Durrett Show today?” He was the fastest typist I ever saw – nobody is even close – and he had to be because he put out so much copy.

We would be in the press box at 2 p.m. and he would be typing away. “What the….” I would ask and he said he was doing a golf column. Some young super stud at the Colonial. I have no idea who. Or maybe the latest on Mike Modano. He knew more about Modano than any other writer.

He had a heart of gold. I ain’t kidding. That’s not something I’m saying just because of what happened.

I get a summer intern every year for MLB.Com. Grace Raynor, Master Tesfatsion, Christian Corona….We have lunch the first day and I lay it out for them, everything they need to know about the job, who is who and I say the same thing every year.

“You are going to meet Anthony Andro and Richard Durrett. Technically they are the competition but they are the nicest guys you will ever meet. They will help you any way they can.”

They always have and so do Jeff and Drew.

I am so fortunate to have some of the best friends anybody could possibly have. I wouldn’t trade them for anybody…Jeff, Drew, Anthony…

Like everybody else, I have known severe heartache in my life.

But on Tuesday we lost one of the finest persons I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He wasn’t a colleague or a competitor. Richard Durrett was a dear dear friend.

I am devastated. We are all. We are going to miss him badly. I can’t believe he is gone. I really can’t.

Rangers recall Poreda, sound down Robbie Ross

The Rangers have optioned pitcher Robbie Ross to Triple A Round Rock. He will be used as a starter, mainly to try and work out his command issues. Aaron Poreda has been recalled to serve as the second left-hander in the bullpen.

Rangers sign Carlos Pena to Triple A contract

The Rangers have signed veteran first baseman Carlos Pena to a Triple A contract and assigned him to Round Rock. He gives the Rangers another option at first base in the absence of Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland.

Here is the official release:

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has signed first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. Pena is expected to be active for the first time either tonight or tomorrow.

Pena, 36, returns to the club that originally selected him in the first round (10th overall) of the 1998 June draft. He made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001. He has a career .233 average with 285 home runs for Texas (2001), Oakland (2002), Detroit (2002-05), Boston (2006), Tampa Bay (2007-10, 2012), Chicago-NL (2011), Houston (2013), and Kansas City (2013). Pena has 6 different seasons of 25-or-more home runs, including a career-high 46 homers with Tampa Bay in 2007. An All-Star in 2009, he also has also won a Gold Glove Award (2008) and Silver Slugger Award (2007). His last big league action was 4 games with the Royals last September.

He was in spring training with the Los Angeles Angels after signing with that club as a minor league free agent on January 28. He batted .139 (5-26) with no homers and 2 RBI in 20 spring games with the Angels before he was released on March 23.

Scheppers to disabled list

The Rangers announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Tanner Scheppers will go on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Ben Rowen will be called up to make his major league debut from Triple-A Round Rock.

Snyder called to the big leagues

The Rangers have purchased the contract of Brad Snyder from Triple A Round Rock and put Mitch Moreland on the disabled list. Snyder is batting sixth and playing first base. Rougned Odor is also in the lineup at second base.

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