Thursday Morning Links

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Nolan Ryan comes up with better balpark name than Globe Life Park in gripe session with ESPN.

Oh, hey, that's nice, if you can't catch a glimpse of the Dildozer there's a nice big screen to watch Ow, My Balls! on.

Because hating Jon Daniels is what all the cool kids are doing these days, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick talked with Nolan Ryan about how big of chode Daniels is and how everyone took the wrong message from Ian Kinsler's ill-considered rant by focusing on the 0-162 remark and not how big of a jerk the general manager is. Nolan says that, in being brought into the organization, he was "dropped in Jon Daniels' sandbox," though the takeaway seems to be that Nolan recognizes that the problem was the situation and not Nolan Ryan or Jon Daniels.

Jeff Wilson tells us that Alexi Ogando's poor outing Tuesday was completely and entirely the fault of Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Wilson's notes column focuses on the Bataan Death March that this spring has been and the roster decisions that still need to be made.

T.R. Sullivan says that Greg Maddux will throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at The Ballpark.

Evan Grant says that Michael Choice has won a brand new Cadillac Eldorado, Tanner Scheppers has won a set of steak knives, and Engel Beltre is fired, and also notes that Ron Washington has indicated that he will be riding Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor, and Joakim Soria until sparks should out of their elbows and shoulders in the first half of 2014.

Grant also ran down the Opening Day festivities.

Finally, if you're some kind of creepy weirdo you can now read 500,000 pages of diaries from World War I, including an incident where two cats and a dog were suspected of being enemy agents and other exciting events.

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