Feb 202012
 
  • Monday Morning Fastballs   Presidents Day EditionWhen the Texas Rangers opened the 1972 season, their first as the Texas Rangers, Richard Nixon was President.
  • When Jeff Burroughs was awarded the American League MVP at the end of the 1974 season, Gerald Ford was President.
  • When the Rangers put together 3 consecutive seasons with a record greater than .500 in 1077-1979, Jimmy Carter was President.
  • When the Rangers made one of the most unpopular trades in franchise history, dealing catcher Jim Sundberg to the Brewers for Ned Yost, Ronald Reagan was President.
  • WhenBobby Valentine, who would eventually become the Rangers’ longest-serving manager at 1,186 games, was hired, Ronald Reagan was still President
  • In April 1989, when Rangers owner and oil tycoonEddie Chiles, sold the team to an investment group headed by George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush was President.
  • On August 22nd, 1989, when Nolan Ryan became only the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to strike out 5,000 batters in his career by striking out Ricky Henderson, George H. W. Bush was still President.  Following the game, Henderson was quoted as saying, “If he ain’t struck you out, then you ain’t nobody.”
  • In 1990, when Nolan Ryan threw his 6th no-hitter, George H.W. Bush was still President.
  • In 1991, when Nolan Ryan threw his 7th no-hitter, George H.W. Bush was still President.
  • In 1992, when Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez won his first Golden Glove, George H.W. Bush was still President.
  • On August 4th, 1993 when Nolan Ryan put a charging Robin Ventura in a headlock and pummeled him, Bill Clinton was President.
  • In the strike-shortened 1994 season, the first season in Rangers history when they finished the season in 1st place in their division, Bill Clinton was still President.
  • When Johnny Oates took the Rangers to play-offs three times (’96, ’98, ’99) in his 6 year stint as Rangers manager, Bill Clinton was still President.
  • When Juan Gonzalez won his two American League MVP awards (1996 & 1998), Bill Clinton was still President.
  • When Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez won his American League MVP award in 1999, Bill Clinton was still President.
  • In 1998, when venture capital billionaireTom Hicksbought the team for $250 million, Bill Clinton was still President.
  • Prior to the 2001 season, when the Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez to one of the most lucrative and expensive contracts in MLB history, former Rangers owner George W. Bush was the President.
  • In 2003, when Alex Rodriguez won the American League MVP, George W. Bush was still President.
  • On October 4, 2005, when the Rangers announced thatJohn Hart would step down as general manager and that Jon Daniels was being promoted from assistant general manager to replace him, George W. Bush was still President. Daniels, at 28 years and one month, would become the youngest general manager in Major League history.
  • In 2006, when the Rangers traded Adrian Gonzalez, Chris Young and Termel Sledge to the Padres for Adam Eaton and two other spares, George W. Bush was still President.
  • On July 28th, 2006, when the Rangers  acquired outfielders Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero, and Laynce Nix, George W. Bush was still President.
  • On July 31st, 2007, when the Rangers tradedMark Teixeira and Ron Mahayto the Atlanta Braves in a deal that would eventually bring 5 prospects to the Rangers organization, including four of Atlanta’s top prospects Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, and Neftali Feliz, George W. Bush was still President.
  • Later that same season, when the Rangers dealt Eric Gagne to the Boston Red Sox for David Murphy, Engel Beltre and Kason Gabbard, George W. Bush was still President.
  • On August 19th 2007, when the Minnesota Twins logged 19 strikeouts against the Rangers, one short of the Major League record, George W. Bush was still President.
  • Just three days later, when the Rangers exploded for a modern record for runs by one team, defeating the Baltimore Orioles30–3, George W. Bush was still President.
  • In August 2010, when an investment group headed by Chuck Greenberg, and consisting of Nolan Ryan, Bob Simpson and Ray Davis purchased the Texas Rangers at public auction, Barak Obama was the President.
  • Later in 2010, when the Rangers made it to their first World Series in franchise history, Barak Obama was still President.
  • In 2011, when the Rangers won the American League Championship for the second consecutive year and made it back to the World Series, Barak Obama was still President.

I know I’m missing some key moments in Rangers history here, but wanted to put something together that encapsulated the bigger moments that come to mind for me (and the writers of the Rangers wiki page…thanks ;).

Whats your favorite moment in Rangers history?  Comment below, especially if I’ve missed it…

Back to normal routine tomorrow…

p.s. – This is by no means intended to launch a political debate over former and current Presidents.  Respect.

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