Well

From featured blog to dormant blog……Ryan is retooling and saving his wit for the season…..

In the meantime, get you some Freddie King:

Texas’ (Dallas area, Gilmer) own Mr. Freddie King (RIP) aka “The Texas Cannonball.”

For those who don’t know the King hopefully you’ll check him out again in the future.  This dude was idolized by the Stones, SRV and Clapton…thanks to the ills of America’s past most don’t know him…..

If yall check em out, hope you enjoy!

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (best version EVER)

Boogie Funk (Instrumental)
Man played with SOUL baby.  Plus that collar is very sick, I think they took the wings from a condor.

Going Down (Stones, Clapton and tons of others have covered this gem)
Sick Dickie’s one piece with stingray collar.

Kevin Milwood – In Pictures

Kevin Milwood started out with good stuff, hitting the corners with his fastball, making them run both away from bats and into the hitter’s hands……

Sticking to his modus operandi (atleast his M.O. since 12/29/05…….aka day signed with Rangers) his tank ran empty in the 7th inning.  To put a positive spin….he usually only goes to the 5th, thank you air conditioned dome in Minnesota (is it still the Metrodome?)

I’m not going to justify my opinion on him, if you’ve been a Rangers fan since he’s been here, you know what I’m talking about, just trust me huh?

So without further ado, I give to you the Kevin Millwood biography……….in pictures:

         

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Last Night

Last night the world was introduced to the beast that is Josh Hamilton.

Also happening last night, my man crush for Hambone intensified to embarrassing levels.

I’m going to let it soak in a little longer before I put a full entry about the All Star events.

Mainly because the exact level of love for Josh Hamilton may come out, thus terrifying those who know me and may cause me to question my own sexuality after I see it written down in black and white.

I strongly urge you to watch this clip taken from the seats of Yankee stadium as Hamilton‘s turn was underway.

 

http://www.viddler.com/player/989cfb4d/

(thanks to Jamey Newberg for forwarding to us on his mailing list)

 

Be Good-

Ryan A 

 

Quickie….

-Big game tonight against the Angels as they come to town for a 4 game series.

A sweep on our part could be a bad thing.

Should we close the gap to 3.5 games, JD and company might start trading the farm for some rentals.

So, for the love of the Rangers’ franchise, I am hoping we do no better than a push, going 2-2.  For the good of the franchise. 

Can’t believe I just said that…….

-Neftali Feliz makes his AA debut tonight for the Frisco Roughriders.

 

Feliz is 20 yrs old and was promoted last week, skipping high-A Bakersfield all together. 

We got him in the Teixeira haul.  See an updated scouting report here.

More excited to see him tonight than the boys in Arlington.

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Remember it’s all about tomorrow with this club. 

Noone get all crazy thinking we’re going to be in contention come September.   

I wouldn’t be hurt if I was proven wrong, let’s just do it with the current roster…….kapish? 

Stay the course gang. 

Be Good, Go Rangers-

 

Ryan

Kinsler gets HOSED!!!

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How in the world does Ian Kinsler not start over Dustin “Mini-Me” Pedroia in the All-Star game?

 

Oh, yeah, that’s right……Pedroia plays for the Red Sox.

 

What a joke….

 

I’m sure all the Sox fans who voted for Mini-Me have been lifelong Sox fans as well……..

 

God knows you’re lying……..

 

Be good and GO RANGERS!

 

Ryan A

Everyday Eduardo

I remember reading T.R. Sullivan’s report indicating that the Rangers had just signed the lovable Eddie Guardado (here).

I was less than enamored.

The 37 year old lefty had Tommy John surgery in September of ’06 and really stunk up the joint in limited duty while rehabbing last year with the Reds.

Couple the TJ surgery with his age, it was surely yet another failed comeback story wasn’t it?

Wrong, never underestimate a man’s heart.

I remember watching him at the beginning of the season and was intrigued by his story, mainly because, well, everyone likes a comeback story right?  And the Rangers lead the league in comeback stories thus far.

The intrigue then turned into obsession.

This transformation occured Saturday, May 17th, 2008 against the Astros.  We had cheap but good seats (yes, it’s possible).  Our seats were in Right-Center field, right behind the plate in the Rangers’ bullpen.  I’d keep looking over at the players, watching them kinda monkey around with one another, CJ Wilson acting as the ring leader……imagine that….

The sixth inning rolled around, out came Eddie from the clubhouse to the bullpen, holding three cups of coffee, everyone chilled.  Not out of fear, but it seemed as though they didn’t want to let Eddie down or something, couldn’t quite explain it.

He maticulously lined up the coffee along the bullpen wall as everyone sat in what appeared to be barstools.  CJ went over to Eddie’s area, you could see that CJ’s mood had gone from light to serious fairly quickly. 

Hopefully he was over there just soaking in what Eddie had to offer.

Most teams have a grizzled, wily veteran on their squad.  Lots of times he’s on the 40-man to do just what Eddie was doing at that moment, holding court and teaching the kids what he’d do on various pitchcounts.  Typically these guys pitch in mop up duty only…..But, not Eddie, he isn’t one of those guys, rag-arm and all, the man can still pitch.

Not because of stuff, but because of heart, all heart.

You see, Eddie MIGHT top out at 87 mph.  He is consistently 82-85 with his fastball.  You may be saying, well, he must have some nasty offspeed stuff and he just uses the fastball as a “show me” pitch.

Nope.

Eddie goes right at hitters with that B.P. fastball.  He works fast (probably due to the coffee) and he throws strikes.  He is tenacious and he exudes a confidence (not cockiness) that every ball player should learn.

I remember in 2004 when we made a mini-run at the end of the year.  Carlos Almanzar and Frankie Francisco were our setup guys and Francisco Cordero was the closer.

When those guys got up in the bullpen, fans in the right field stands would begin to stir, when the last out was made in the bottom of the 6th inning, and one of those boys was heading out the door to take the mound….it created pandamonium, the place went APESH!T.  And it gave me goosebumps.

I hope we can see a little run here in the second half, I’m not expecting a ring, I just want to see Eddie running out to the middle of the diamond to chants of “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie” (I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it)

Eddie Guardado deserves to go out on top, to go out like a champion, whether it’s with a ring on his finger or not.

Because Eddie Guardado is what it’s all about, Eddie Guardado is the definition of old school.