Good morning. I went to the game yesterday. I figured I owed it to Adrian Beltre to be there if this is the end. Man, it’s weird to tear up at the baseball stadium.
What’s interesting is that I anticipated feeling sad all day but then I saw Elvis Andrus smack a couple of hits and then I saw Nomar Mazara bring the crowd rooting for a nearly-90 loss team to life with an eventual game-winning double he lifted on a line to the opposite field gap and then I saw Joey Gallo murder a ball and then I saw Jose Leclerc carve up the hated Seattle Mariners.
Adrian Beltre will forever be my favorite player but baseball will keep putting a smile on my face.
Levi Weaver wrote about what could have been Beltre’s Texas swan song as Beltre responded to getting lifted from the game so he could get a nice ovation in the most Beltre way possible.
T.R. Sullivan recaps the 6-1 win for the Rangers where the team seemed to rally around the emotional moment of Beltre making his exit.
Drew Davison writes that Beltre acknowledged after the game that he’s starting to mentally get to a place where he knows that this could be the end. Sunday’s game certainly had the look of finality.
Weaver’s notes on the Rangers cover Martin Perez’s return to the rotation, Don Wakamatsu’s managerial style, and Bartolo Colon’s new ink, among other items.
Sullivan writes that the Rangers will make a decision on their whole coaching staff after they figure out who is going to manage the club full time in 2019.
Davison notes that the attendance numbers are in the books and The Ballpark saw the fewest fans since 2008 but still drew over two million.
Jamey Newberg takes a look at what a partnership with the Nashville Sounds to become the new Triple-A squad will mean for the Rangers.
Rangers Captain says, “Hey Orbit! I can do a bit that goes viral, too!”
And, perhaps literally lastly...
Have a nice day!