Jun 232012
 

We are 1 week away from the First Annual Baseball Do Field Trip!

$34.99 gets you…

Start off at Patty Shack Burgers at 4pm for some good grub and Rangers fellowship!

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You get a “Nolan is my Homeboy” T-Shirt plus we’ll have some cool prizes to raffle away!

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Then we’ll head to the Ballpark to see the Rangers thrash the A’s!
Lexus Club Terrace ticket.

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Top it all off with a Reckless Kelly concert at the Ballpark following the game!

Time is running out as we are only a week away, and space is limited!

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Jun 232012
 

Roy Oswalt Shines in Debut, Beltre and Napoli Go Deep As Rangers Win Streak Reaches 7It had been a good while since Major League Baseball fans had been treated to a Roy Oswalt start—approximately ten months.

October 5, 2011…and that wasn’t even a good Roy Oswalt start.

Last night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington—in front of the record-tying twenty-first sellout crowd of the season—fans were treated to a veritable pitching clinic by The Os.

Oswalt struck out six Rockies over his 6 2/3, while walking just one and scattering nine hits while also picking up his first win of the year, 4-1.

Not bad for the dude that prevented Feldman from his spot-start…It didn’t, however, stop Feldy from opening his yap trap.

Yo, Scoots Ma Goots: I feel I can speak on behalf of every Texas Rangers fan on the planet when I say: Chill out, Roy’s got this shi*. And maybe, just maybe, if you’re lucky…Roy’ll play long toss with you or something.

Maybe.

Numbers and Notes:

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• Mike Napoli’s batting average over his last ten games. Naps did go yard yesterday launching number 12 of the season in the fourth inning.

• Before Napoli connected, he had been in a 3-for-20 slump (.150 BA).

May 13, 2012

• The last time Joe Nathan surrendered a run—earned or unearned. Nathan’s ERA has plummeted from 3.29 to 1.52 since then, a 1.77 drop.

74.160.13

• Amount of time Donnie Darko has left to save his girlfriend, Jenna? Nope…

Those numbers represent:

• The percentage of strikes thrown by Oswalt last night, Career wins Roy can now call his own. Number of times Oswalt’s opposition found themselves down 0-2.

2-of-3

• Adrian Beltre has hit a home run in two of his last three games, and three of the last five games.

9

• Total wins Oswalt now has against the Colorado Rockies in his career.

2 Months, one day

• The last time the Rangers had won more than 7 games straight…on April 21, they beat the Tigers in Detroit for their eighth-straight win.

Up Next:

The Texas Rangers (44-27) will look to push their current seven-game winning streak to eight tomorrow afternoon, at 2:05 (CT). Rangers’ right-hander Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00 ERA) takes on Colorado’s left-hander Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41 ERA).

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Jun 222012
 

Texas Rangers/Colorado Rockies Game 1 Preview: Welcoming the Wonderful Wizard of OsThe Texas Rangers have had their way with the N.L. West thus far. They won two of three from the San Francisco Giants as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks. And as for the lowly, last-place San Diego Padres?

Three Game Sweep…whatever, you can keep the perfect weather, San Diego! We’ll settle for the three wins!

And now it’s time for the Colorado Rockies to march into town. The cold-weather crusaders are currently in Arlington—and the Metroplex is especially pumped.

Why?

“Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does…”

Huh?

“We’re off to see the Wizard…”

Who?

“The wonderful Wizard of Os…”

Oh yeah, tonight’s the debut of “The Wizard of Os,” aka “Roy Oswalt.”

Mr. Oswalt, he of the 159-93 won/loss record over his illustrious career. Yep, the same former two-time 20-game winner. And right again, the one who spent most of his career in Houston with the Astros before spending a year plus in Philadelphia with three other aces.

Sure, his fastball might have lost some zip, and his curveball’s more 11-5 than 12-6, but he’s still a damn fine pitcher—and he’s all ours! He’s hungry for a World Series title, because even with half of planet earth’s aces on one staff, well, it didn’t work out so well for Philly.

Tonight’s lineups:

Colorado Rockies (26-42)

CF Dexter Fowler
2B Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
DH Jason Giambi
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Todd Helton
3B Chris Nelson
C Wilin Rosario
SS Jonathan Herrera

RHPRoy Oswalt

Oswalt hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since October 5, 2011. That was game 4 of the NLDS, and Os took the loss against the St. Louis “still to soon to talk about” Cardinals.

Over his career, Oswalt has loved facing Colorado—he’s 8-1 with a 1.94 ERA. At Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the Os is 2-5 with a 4.78 ERA.

Texas Rangers (43-27)

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
DH Adrian Beltre
3B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mike Napoli
C Yorvit Torrealba
CF Craig Gentry

LHP Christian Friedrich (4-3, 5.60 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 9 K/9)

24-year-old Friedrich was a first-round pick by the Rockies in 2008. His home/road splits are almost as bi-polar as his lefty vs. righty ones.

At home—where the balls fly freely much like Rangers Ballpark—Friedrich is 1-2, with a robust 12.60 ERA. On the road he’s 3-1 with a sparkling 2.10 ERA. Against right-handed batters, Friedrich is more Dr. Hyde than Mr. Jekyl, as righties produce this slash line: .276/.346/.441.

Left-handers light him up with frequency: .385/.429/.615.

Whereas the Texas Rangers have loved their time against N.L. West teams, Friedrich is no fan of the A.L. West. He’s 0-2, with a 16.00 ERA, allowing 19 hits and 16 earned runs against the Mariners and Angels this season.

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Jun 212012
 

The Rangers beat the Padres & Baseball Do beat something MALICIOUSWe are MALWARE free!

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Lot’s of speculation if the infection that we had here on baseballdo.com could have been the same one that attacked our beloved Josh Hamilton over the weekend.  Biological investigation pending…

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Rangers Sweep the San Diego Fathers

The Rangers beat the Padres & Baseball Do beat something MALICIOUSRangers completed the sweep of the Padres last night behind a strong performance from Yu Darvish.  Darvish gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 8 innings, while striking out 8.  Both of the Padres’ runs were driven in by the pitcher, Anthony Bass, in the second inning.  After that little hiccup, Darvish was lights out before handing over the reigns to Joe Nathan who secured his 15th save of the season.  Darvish, who is now tied for the AL lead in Wins,  improves to 9-4 with a 3.45 ERA on the season.

“The first two innings, it looked like he was trying to find his rhythm,” Washington said. “From that point on, he wasn’t going to be denied. His breaking ball came, his cutter came, he moved the ball around the zone pretty good. He did a great job.”

Darvish also got his first MLB hit in the game, a broken bat single to right.

Rangers shuffle rotation

Roy Oswalt will make his Rangers debut tomorrow night at the Ballpark against the Rockies, replacing Scott Feldman in the rotation.

“He’s ready to go,” manager Ron Washington said. “The reports we got say he’s ready to go. That’s what we brought him for, to bring him to the big leagues, and he’s ready, so we made the decision to do it. We challenge him now.”

Scott Feldman slides back into the bullpen, a move that he’s none too happy with.

“Basically, telling me that I’m not in the plans for the second time this year, spring training and then now, that’s fine, if I’m not in their plans,” Feldman said. “But it doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.”

Look, Scooter didn’t really do much to prove that he deserved more opportunities and while he’s clearly not happy with the move back to the pen, it’s an important role for the TEAM.  His unhappiness is nothing to be worried about, and if anything shows that he’s a competitor that wants to be in the rotation.  If he get’s another opportunity, somewhere down the line with the Rangers or another team, hopefully he’ll show better.

The Rangers’ rotation, starting Friday, is Oswalt, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Grimm and Yu Darvish.

Dutch and Feliz both continue to make good progress in rehab, both throwing off the mound yesterday.  Holland is hoping to return to the rotation on July 1st and Neftali is hoping for mid-July.  Barring any more injuries, Grimm would more than likely go back to the minors and Feliz will go to the pen in a set-up/7th inning role.

 Field Trip is quickly approaching…

If you haven’t already purchased your ticket to the Baseball Do First Annual Field Trip, jump on it.  It’s a great deal, and should be a great time!  We still have some spots available!

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Jun 192012
 
Maybe hope can stay afloat. Take a deep breath just in case.

Scott Feldmans Bound to Win Sooner or Later, Why Not Tonight? Padres/Rangers Game 2 Preview

Maybe hope can stay afloat. Take a deep breath just in case.

So far so good for this trip to the West Coast. The Texas Rangers were able to win last night at the ultimate pitcher’s park, 2-1. They couldn’t have done it without Matt Harrison (9-3), who, once again, was outstanding.

One troubling trend for Texas continued, however.

It seems as though the Rangers can only score in one inning per game. Or at least, the outcome during their current four game winning streak has been decided based on the one big inning.

In last night’s affair, all two of their runs were scratched out during the first inning. That’s interesting, since the Rangers scored zero runs in the first four innings at home against the Astros, but still managed the sweep while outscoring Houston 23-8.

Tonight, once again, Scott Feldman will look to earn his first victory since 2011. I hate to bag on the guy, but I have about zero confidence in his ability to keep the Rangers in the game. Here’s hoping Texas can plate nine in the first frame and Feldman can somehow find a way to win.

Sixth starter Scott Feldman (0-6, 6.50 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 6.8 K/9) will oppose former Ranger Edinson Volquez (3-6, 3.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 7.6 K/9).

Tonight’s starting lineups:

San Diego Padres (24-44)

Scott Feldmans Bound to Win Sooner or Later, Why Not Tonight? Padres/Rangers Game 2 Preview

Headley was 3-for-5 with an RBI last night for San Diego.


RF Will Venable
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin (.273 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI vs. Feldman)
1B Yonder Alonso
SS Everth Cabrera
C Nick Hundley
2B Alexi Amarista
P Edinson Volquez

Feldman

Scott has been more “cooler” than “scooter” since he slid into the number five slot last month.

It’s been an odd five-start stretch for Feldman. There have been games where he’s pitched decently, such as on June 9th when he allowed just two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Giants, yet took the loss.

Then there were games where he has been flat-out awful. Take the eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings against one of the worst offenses in baseball on June 4th at Oakland as an example.

Over his last five starts, Feldman’s 0-5 with a 9.00 ERA. Amazingly, he’s been even worse on the road, where he’s 0-3 with a 9.92 ERA. That’s really strange since his home park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, is notoriously hitter-friendly—yet his ERA is 3.66 in Arlington.

Left-handed hitters are batting .247 off of him this year while righties hit him at a .309 clip.

Tonight at San Diego’s Petco Park he’ll toe the rubber at the ultimate pitcher’s paradise. So, once again, he should be in good shape to get a win. We’ll just have to see.

Texas Rangers (41-27)

Scott Feldmans Bound to Win Sooner or Later, Why Not Tonight? Padres/Rangers Game 2 Preview

Murphy supplied all of the offense for Texas, with a two-out, first inning, 2 RBI single.


2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre (.111 BA, 1 RBI vs. Volquez)
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Davis Murphy
C Mike Napoli
1B Mitch Moreland
P Scott Feldman

Volquez

There was a time, in the not-too-distant past where Volquez was the “v” in the acronym that provided the only real glimmer of hope for a franchise perpetually out of contention.

Volquez, signed in 2001 by the Rangers out of the Dominican Republic, was the initial piece in what would become known as the “D-V-D” boys, with John Danks (1st Round, 9th overall pick, 2003) and Thomas Diamond (1st Round, 10th overall pick, 2004) supplying the “d’s”. Both Danks and Volquez have had a measure of success—not with the Rangers, of course—and Thomas Diamond, well, not so much.

Edinson won 17 games for the Reds in 2008, but brought us Josh Hamilton, so all is forgiven. Even though Danks now is likely done for the season with a tear in his pitching shoulder, all we have to show for him is Brandon effing McCarthy.

Volquez, after having Tommy John surgery following his breakout 2008 season, has struggled. However, this season with the Padres he has had some success. His ERA at home is a sparkling 3.17, despite having won just one game at Petco.

His platoon splits are solid as lefties (.232 BA) have just a tad more success against him than righties (.220 BA).

Prediction time:

I think the Rangers offense is going to continue to do just enough to sneak out of San Diego with a win. Josh Hamilton, now fully recovered from a nasty intestinal virus, will have a big game against Volquez. Rangers extend their streak to five games in a row, and Feldman gets a no-decision.

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Jun 192012
 
Matt Harrison 3

Rangers bats quiet, but pitching prevails in 2 1 win over PadresHarrison continues dominance on the road

If the season ended today, you’d be hard pressed to argue against Matt Harrison as the Game 1 starter of any post-season series.  Colby Lewis has better numbers on the full season in terms of ERA and WHIP, but Harrison has been absolutely lights-out as of late, going 5-0 in the last 30 days (6 starts) with a 1.43 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

To be fair, Lewis puts up a good fight over the last 30 days as well with a lower WHIP, more strikeouts and less walks.

Possibly even more astounding, after last night’s win over the Padres in San Diego, Harrison is now 7-1 on the road for the 2012 season with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Harrison’s performance wasn’t without it’s brief bouts of trouble, but he found his comfort zone after escaping a tough first inning in which he gave up the Padres only run of the game.

“It was definitely a battle from the get-go: first inning, three leadoff hits — fortunately I was able to make some pitches and get out of that,” Harrison said. “By the third or fourth I was starting to find a rhythm, find my release point a little better.”

Harrison’s strong performance was needed last night, as the Rangers bats were silenced by Jason Marquis, who surrendered both of the Rangers runs in the first inning via a David Murphy 2-run single.

Mark Lowe, Mike Adams and Joe Nathan shut down the Padres in the 7th, 8th and 9th respectively to secure the win.

Bottom line – Rangers were out-hit last night, and one could argue that they were even out-pitched as they were held to only two hits over the final seven innings, but they got the win.  Feels good doesn’t it?

Quick Hits

  • Roy Oswalt could join the Rangers as early as Friday.  President Nolan spoke with ESPN Radio yesterday and said:
    • “If the group feels like they would like him to start this weekend against Colorado, I would be comfortable with that,” Ryan said.
    • Click here for more details from that interview.
  • Josh Hamilton came in last in last night’s game as a defensive substitution and is expected to start tonight in game two of the series in San Diego.
  • Rangers are currently 4th in the ESPN MLB Power Rankings.
  • Rangers are currently 1st in the Baseball Do MLB Power Rankings…sorry, no link.
  • Rangers bats quiet, but pitching prevails in 2 1 win over PadresAll-Star Voting Updates
    • Nelson Cruz has slipped to 5th in the All-Star OF voting as Adam Jones and Jose Bautista have both passed him.
    • Ian Kinsler leads Robinson Cano by only 15,000 votes at 2B.
    • Mitch Moreland has more votes in Albert Pujols at 1B.  This makes me smile.
  • Scott Feldman (0-6, 6.50 ERA) and former Rangers prospect and more importantly, the chip that landed Josh Hamilton, Edison Volquez (3-6, 3.70 ERA) face off tonight in game 2 of the series.
    • Feldman has done little to inspire Rangers fans lately, so here’s hoping he can string something together against one of the worst teams in MLB.
    • Volquez is quietly resurrecting his career in San Diego after showing flashing of brilliance in a tumultuous stint in Cincinnati.
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Jun 182012
 
Mike Adams, Texas Rangers

Matt Harrison vs. Jason Marquis, a Rangers/Padres Game 1 PreviewThe Texas Rangers head out to the West Coast after a dominant home stand where they won 5-of-6, highlighted by a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros as their parting gift.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until the Houston Astros are members of the A.L. West next season…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A win tonight would push the Rangers record to a high-water mark of 14 games above .500. Here’s a quick preview of game one of the Rangers’three-game jaunt of lovely San Diego, home of the N.L. West’s last place Padres.

Tonight, it’s Rangers’ LH Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.54 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) paired up against well-traveled RH Jason Marquis (3-5, 6.60 ERA, 1.86 WHIP).

Tonight’s starting lineups:

San Diego Padres (24-43)

RF Chris Denorfia
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin (.166, 1 HR vs. Harrison)
1B Jesus Guzman
SS Everth Cabrera
C Nick Hundley
2B Alexi Amarista
P Jason Marquis

Harrison

Harrison was outstanding in his last start, a 1-0 Texas Rangers win where he was dealt a no-decision. Harrison has a 16 1/3 innings scoreless streak going and will look to keep the streak alive in the pitching-friendly confines of Petco Park.

Texas Rangers (40-27)

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Michael Young (.400 BA against Marquis)
3B Adrian Beltre (.444, 4 RBI)
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Davis Murphy
C Mike Napoli
CF Leonys Martin
P Matt Harrison

Marquis

In his last start, Marquis—who started the season with the Minnesota Twins before being granted free agency on May 29th—earned his first win as a member of the San Diego Padres. He went 6 1/3 innings with four walks, four strikeouts while scattering six hits against the Seattle Mariners.

The Texas Rangers are hitting .400 against Jason Marquis. Josh Hamilton has yet to get a hit off of him, but it has been announced that he will not start in tonight’s game.

Prediction time

I look for Harrison to continue his dominance of N.L. West teams, while Marquis gets knocked out early. Leonys Martin will get his first big league hit of 2012, and the Rangers will roll, 7-1.

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Jun 172012
 

Father’s Day Gifts

by Tepid Participation

Stupid golf crap. That’s what you’re trying to avoid. I mean for Father’s Day. Dad’s day is Sunday the 17th and you don’t want to give or receive any more stupid golf crap. I am a condescending jerkface.  Always have been, but hopefully I won’t always be. Bear this in mind while perusing my little Father’s Day gift guide for the baseball fan/Rangers fan.

Let’s get stared.

-First of all, anyone attending baseball games knows you’re almost certain to need a few key functional elements of style. One of these elements is sunglasses. I would like to take this moment to explain something about sunglasses. Over the last decade or so, “sport” sunglasses have taken up a huge portion of market share. I’m talking about the kind of shades meant to be worn during sporting activity. These sunglasses are great, functional, and frankly, Willie Mays would have really loved them while fighting the San Fran glare.  They are, however, to be worn DURING SPORTING ACTIVITIES. The chances of Josh Hamilton asking to borrow your shades? None. So having said that, leave the Oakley’s at home and get a proper pair of leisure sunglasses. For the most part, they look great on all men.  I normally suggest the classics.  I don’t know you or your father but every man looks pretty cool in a proper fitting pair of aviators.

Fathers Day Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***warning*** you are unlikely to look “Newman Cool” in proper sunglasses. Do not let this discourage you from trying.

—Now let’s address my ultimate male-style pet peeve. Surprisingly, this conversation has permeated baseball talk, mostly due to the yeoman’s efforts of Kevin Goldstein and Jason Parks’ Up and In Podcast.  I’m talking about the proliferation of flip flops. Here it is: the pool, your house, the beach, your driveway, a gym shower, your backyard, Hawaii, any vacation. That is the entire list of where flip flops are appropriate footwear for a man.  Your feet aren’t good looking. Furthermore, you’d like to look like you’re in charge of something, right?  I don’t care what it is, be it a Fortune 500 company or simply your family, you don’t look like you’re in charge of a damn thing if you’re wearing flip flops. They are not “OK” at the ballpark.  If you go to a Ranger’s game and you’re steaming down I-30 on your way back to Big D at 10:45 with sticky kids and an exhausted wife, you’ll be 100% screwed if you blow a tire. YOU CAN’T STAND ON A TIRE IRON IN FREAKIN’ FLIP FLOPS!” Also, ballparks are concrete hangouts filled with beer and 45,000 sweaty people. They are not clean. Put on some shoes.  Here, try these:

http://shop.vans.com/catalog/Vans/en_US/style/$$1.html?categoryId=65121&colorCode=EYECHR

or these:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/seavees-baja/3233678?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=seavees_%27baja%27_slip-on:501594&cm_pla=shoes:men:slip_on&cm_ven=Froogle&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=3B520AAF-9083-E111-8435-001517B1882A

Oh, and this is very important! For the last bazillion or so years, men have been using this to keep odor and sweat away. Go to CVS and buy a can and sprinkle some in all of your shoes. Quit being ridiculous:

http://www.overstockdrugstore.com/products/Gold-Bond-Foot-Powder-Medicated-Max-Strength-4-Ounces.html

And I’ll punch you in the left kidney if you wear Crocs. They’re for kids. You have a mortgage, your shoes shouldn’t float.

—Ask a woman if they like the way you look in cargo shorts. Go ahead, ask ‘em. Any woman will tell you, it’s not a good thing to balloon out around your hips and thighs. Do you work in the Safari business? No?  Then why the hell do you need 12 pockets!? Go buy a proper fitting pair of long shorts with deep pockets to hold all the nonsense your kids hand you. I like to use the ones with buttons on the back pockets, so I know my wallet is safe.  Whatever you get, just do me a favor and light a fire to your sloppy, droopy, wrinkly cargo shorts and eliminate all Velcro from your wardrobe. (side note- Velcro is only appropriate on “hunting clothes” section of your closet.)

—Golf culture is pretty annoying to me, but a man at a ballgame in a golf (polo) shirt, isn’t. Weird, I know. Can’t explain it really. I just know that you’re a grown man and wearing a shirt with lots of logos all over it gives you a bit of a silly air. Antigua is the manufacturer of choice for MLB and they make those crazy light-weight, simple, solid color golf shirts that tell people, “Hey, look, I support these guys, but I’d choose my family, my wife, my friends, my spiritual beliefs and my work before any team I’m not actually on.” Remember, less is more:

http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4040086&cp=1452369.1452921.707858

http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11788057&cp=1452369.1452921.707858

-If you must wear a t-shirt, understand a couple of principles. 1. It is going to show your sweat more than a golf shirt. Be cognizant of this. And 2. The fewer the words, the better. You know what, better yet, no words. If you want to amaze your friends with your Rangers fandom try one of these obscure gems from Low-A Hickory:

http://crawdads.milbstore.com/store_contents.cfm?store_id=54&dept_id=1046&product_id=11101

or this from High-A Myrtle Beach:

 http://pelicans.milbstore.com/store_contents.cfm?store_id=102&dept_id=1513&product_id=10439

and finally, the good folks at No Mas make some fine T’s with words:

http://www.nomas-nyc.com/3-t-shirts

**on a less popular note, while I understand your desire to do it, I’ve always thought it a bit weird to have another man’s name on my back. I see it all the time and I know it’s a touchy subject, I’m just saying it’s weird to me. I don’t look up to any man, other than my own father, enough to wear his name on my back.  Get a golf shirt and call it a day.

-Finally, headwear. I’ll be frank. The six-panel, wool, properly structured ball cap is a perfect style piece. Always has been, always will be. Remember with hats, less is more. You need one logo. On the front. I am a staunch supporter of the New Era 59/50. It holds it’s shape, has classic lines and it has that ridiculously effective sweatband. Yeah, it’s kinda hot at first, but there’s a reason the ballplayers wear it. If, however, your 59/50 starts to look like John Wetteland’s, get rid of it. Sweat lines and dirty hats are for college kids. Again, if you’re looking for something creative here, rock a hat from one of your favorite teams’ minor league affiliates. MiLB hats can get a little carried away though, so use caution. Or, ask your wife if it looks good.  You should probably do that more often anyway.

 Fathers Day Gifts

I also own one of these DFW Spurs hats from the brilliant folks at Ebbets Field Flannels. The Spurs played in Turnpike Stadium before it became Arlington Stadium before it became the parking lot for The Ballpark in Arlington. You can get one here:

 

Fathers Day Gifts

http://www.ebbets.com/product/DallasFtWorthSpursBallcap/Ballcaps

 

Ok, so those are my tips for you fellas out there. This was a lot more fun than that cocamamy idea I had about Martin Perez (which I still wholeheartedly believe in). Hopefully, this helps. If not, just keep wearing your Oakleys, cargo shorts, flip flops, and a t-shirt with some other dude’s name on the back. Regardless of your gameday attire, remember, enjoy being a father and/or having one. Seriously. People get old and die and bad shit happens sometimes, so enjoy and savor every ballpark related moment. Baseball has always been a generational link and that’s one of the reasons we love it.  Have a Happy Father’s Day.

Love Ya,

Tepid

 

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Jun 162012
 
For Grimm, the future is anything but.

Grimm Reaps Win in Debut as Boomstick Helps Rangers Bag Silver Boot

For Grimm, the future is anything but.

Rookie right-hander Justin Grimm did something during his major league debut that one particular Texas pitcher hasn’t pulled off since 2011.

He earned a win.

Before yet another sellout crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Grimm (1-0, 4.50 ERA) was cool, calm and collected…even after surrendering a first inning solo shot to Houston’s shortstop, Jed Lawrie.

Grimm would be touched up for two more Houston runs in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a Justin Maxwell RBI double and a Jordan Schafer single.

In between the one-run first and two-run fifth, Maxwell struck out five-straight Astros, and finished his day with six innings pitched, seven strikeouts, zero walks and three earned runs.

Not bad for a 22-year-old that had never pitched above Double-A.

And to think that when Grimm threw his final pitch in the sixth inning, he was in line to take the loss, as the Texas Rangers were down 3-0.

The three-run deficit wouldn’t last long.

Moments after Grimm used his 88th and final pitch to record the final out of a 1-2-3 sixth, the Texas Rangers offense suddenly sprang to life.

Better late than never.

After being blanked in their first five frames the Rangers finally solved the Lucas Harrell puzzle. Harrell had surrendered just two hits heading into the sixth. Before he could register the sixth inning’s second out, the Rangers had exploded for five hits and just as many runs, highlighted by a one-out, three-run homer by Nelson Cruz.

¡Gracias, Señor Boomstick!

I’m willing to bet Justin Grimm enjoyed the backing of the most potent offense in Major League Baseball. Here’s hoping the powers that be will grant the kid another big league start in the near future.

Numbers of Note and Notes on Numbers:

33%

• Percentage of the Houston Astros’ total hits that Jordan Schafer recorded from the leadoff spot yesterday. Schafer, Houston’s center fielder, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

Lucas Harrell

• 2 and 0…number of hits and runs Harrell allowed through his first five innings of work.
• 5 and 5…number of hits and runs Harrell allowed in the sixth inning; he recorded just one out before being replaced by Fernando Rodriguez.

The Five-run Inning

• A five-run fifth inning on Friday fueled the Rangers’ to victory in game 1.
• Likewise, it was a five-run outburst—this time in the sixth inning—that was Houston’s downfall yesterday.

June 3rd

• The last time Cruz had hit a home run before yesterday’s go-ahead, three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning.
• Nelson’s big blast was just his second in the month of June.

Silver Boot

• Yesterday’s 8-3 win guaranteed that the Silver Boot is the property of the Texas Rangers forever…this is the last Lone Star Series as the Astros will move into the AL West in 2013.

16

• Run differential between the Rangers and Astros through their first five games. Texas has outscored Houston 29-13.

13

• Number of consecutive at-bats Ian Kinsler had gone without a hit until he singled in the bottom of the sixth inning yesterday.

71.4%

• Justin Grimm’s winning percentage over his minor league career—spanning 38 starts…Grimm’s won 100% of his major league starts.

3rd Straight

• The Texas Rangers secured their third consecutive series win, and will go for their first sweep since late last month tomorrow in the Lone Star Series finale.

Up Next:

Anyone know a good real estate agent? Because the Silver Boot will be looking to buy some land in the DFW Metroplex—it won’t be heading back to Houston.

The Texas Rangers (39-27) will close out their three-game series with the Houston Astros (27-38) today, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM (CT).

RHP Colby Lewis (5-5, 3.13 ERA) will look for his second-straight win against the Houston Astro’s rookie LHP Dallas Keuchel (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who will be making his big league debut.

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Grimm Reaps Win in Debut as Boomstick Helps Rangers Bag Silver Boot

Happy Father's Day Dad! You've still got a full head of thick...lettuce. You're the best! Love, Tim (Howell)

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SerenityforYu

Astros Plead Against the Fifth...Backed by The Yu, Texas Rangers Win 6 2Everyone deserves a week off from time to time. Just ask Yu Darvish (8-4, 3.57 ERA).

After getting lit-up by the lowly Athletics in his last start, manager Ron Washington decided to give The Yu an extra two.

Seven (as in days off) might just be The Yu’s new lucky number. You give him seven and watch Yu strikeout eleven…seven-eleven, seven-eleven, seven-even-back-door-little—Jose…Altuve.

My bad, I effed up the rhyme.

It’s hard to rap when you’re happy.

Yu Darvish matched a career high with 11 strikeouts while walking just two. The win was Darvish’s eighth on the year tying him with Matt Harrison for the team lead.

The extra rest worked so well with Yu that word on the street is that Wash is going to give Scott Feldman some extra rest before his next start as well. Scooter’s next start has now been pushed back to December.

Here are some thoughts and observations from last night’s refreshing, Feldman-free 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus
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• Over their last ten games, both Andrus and Kinsler are batting .238. However, over their last three games, Elvis has begun to heat up, going 5-for-11 (.455). Kinsler’s last three games have been on the other side of the spectrum, as he has gone an ice-cold 0-for-11.

Leonys Martin

• Martin was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier today to replace Josh Hamilton who was hospitalized with a viral infection. Martin (0-for-3), along with Kinsler, were the only two Rangers that didn’t get at least one hit last night.
• What’s especially intriguing about the Martin promotion is that Julio Borbon wasn’t even considered an option. Remember when he was the starting center fielder seemingly every year out of Spring Training? Borbon, it appears, is an afterthought now. The odds are that Borbon’s only value to the Rangers is as potential trade bait.
• Julio Borbon went 4-for-4 last night for the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

David Murphy!

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David Murphy. Good call, Wash.


• It seems to me that every time the Rangers aren’t getting the usual production from their stars, David Murphy steps up. With Hamilton out of the lineup, Murph came up big once again—last night he was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
• He’s hitting .546 (6-for-11) with 2 HRs over his last three games…

The Terror with Two First Names
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• Joe Nathan has been simply amazing. After two strikeouts in last night’s 6-2 (non-save situation), Nathan is now sporting a 1.69 ERA with 33 Ks and just2 BBs.
• Do you remember Neftali Feliz’s approach in non-save situations? Sometimes it seemed as though his concentration and/or desire were anywhere to be found. Not so with Joe Nathan, and, to me, that’s the biggest difference between the two.
• “The Terror with Two First Names” is a pretty lame nickname and probably won’t stick, but unlike his moniker from the first two weeks of April, at least it’s printable.

Martin Perez

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"I was already on the 40-man roster, effers."


• Once considered the number one prospect in the Rangers organization, you have to wonder if he’s not a little pissed at being passed up by Justin Grimm for today’s start?
• Angry or not, Perez put together one of his best starts of the season last night for Round Rock, pitching seven shutout innings in their 2-0 win over Oklahoma City.

Brett Wallace’s lower half

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Dude's got some large leggings.


• Seriously, did you peep the trunk on that dude? Good thing my TV isn’t 3D or his wheels would’ve knocked the beer right out of my hand!
• You could easily fit a Jose Altuve inside of each thigh.
• Brett Wallace’s legs are the only thing on the planet that make Melissa McCarthy look small.

Up Next:

Rangers’ RH Justin Grimm (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his major league debut against the Houston Astro’s RH Lucas Harrell (6-4, 4.83 ERA). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:15 PM (CST).

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Just trying to make up for the dude-leg closeups.

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Yeah, that ain't the large lady from Bridesmaids.


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