General History - The Texas Rangers started playing baseball in 1972 after the Senators left Washington and relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They are the second team to be previously known as the Senators, since Washington moved to Minnesota in the 60's. If you add the 10 years the team played in Washington, the Rangers are the oldest franchise to never make it to the World Series. Moreover, they have never even won a playoff series. In fact they've only won a single playoff game in their history. It's not 10,000 loses, but that is a lot of losing.
Not A Ranger - Unfortunately, Walker Texas Ranger is not a Texas Ranger. But he is freakin' awesome and he will kick your ass.
You Know Your Organization Sucks When... - They start inducting mediocre players into their Hall of Fame. 2007's inductee - Rusty Greer. Ouch. If Rusty can make it into a Hall of Fame, maybe the Phils should stick Juan Samuel in theirs...no, that would be silly...
Phillie Connection - Three former Phillies are on the Rangers roster: Marlon Byrd, Kevin Millwood, and Vicente Padilla. Byrd was a cool dude, but we have plenty of outfielders, so I don't miss him too much. Millwood never pitched as good for the Phils as he did with the Braves, and he sweated too much, so I don't miss him. Now, Padilla, that is a guy I miss. He had a cool fan group, he switch-hit (having a contact side and a power side), he threw side-arm curveballs at inappropriate times, he wasn't' afraid to incite a riot and beat some ass and he might have a drinking problem...boy do I miss this guy.
This Year - At 40-40, you would have to say the Rangers are having a pretty good season. Their best player is Josh Hamilton, who just left the game after the first inning against the Astros with what Yahoo! sports lists as an "UNDISCLOSED INJURY." Hopefully he's not injured severely, but just enough to not play against the Phils.
Matchup - The Phils get Gabbard, Padilla (against Hamels) and Hurley (not the guy from Lost...). The Phils should take at least two from the Rangers. And if they don't, I'm signing off on supporting the Phils and turning this into a WNBA blog...
WTF does "balky" mean?
Wasn't that the foreign guy from Perfect Strangers? Standing tall, on the wings of my dream...
Anyways, Ruben Amaro says that Tom Gordon's "balky" shoulder is nothing serious. Phew, that's good news. I was thinking since he hasn't pitched since June 15, it might be serious, but if Ruben says it's okay, it must be okay. I'm sure that a sore shoulder on a guy with a partially torn rotator cuff and a history of prolonged DL-time is nothing to worry about.
C'mon, did you really think Eaton was going to beat Harden? No, of course not, and neither did anybody on the actual team. That game was over before it started.
I appreciated Charlie's lineup mixup on Wednesday, but after yesterday, I've changed my mind. I don't want to see Utley in the 2-spot again and I like moving Burrell up but at the expense of Victorino? And keeping Howard at 4? Now these changes are just looking random and desperate...