Fewer people were “happier about”:https://theathletic.com/2567812/2021/05/05/andy-ibanez-made-his-debut-and-the-rangers-are-insisting-on-being-fun-again/ Andy Ibanez’s major league debut than fellow Cuban Adonis Garcia.
And it’s just a lovefest among the Rangers’ Cuban contingent because Ibanez “wants to”:https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/rangers/2021/05/05/another-adolis-garcia-andy-ibanez-is-trying-to-make-an-immediate-impact-just-like-his-fellow-rangers-rookie/ make an immediate impact just like Adolis Garcia.
The joy of RBI’s and crippling economic sanctions “defeating communist Cuba”:https://www.mlb.com/rangers/news/andy-ibanez-mlb-debut-with-rangers has made even Chris Woodward’s heart to beat to the rhythm of a Lee Greenwood song.
So if prep shortstop Jordan Lawlar is bound to go in the top 5 picks, “does he have a chance”:https://www.dallasnews.com/high-school-sports/baseball/2021/05/05/jesuits-jordan-lawlar-appears-destined-to-be-a-top-5-mlb-draft-pick-could-he-end-up-with-his-hometown-texas-rangers/ to end up in Arlington.
Hyeon-jong Yang had a swell debut in his first major league start, “striking out eight”:https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/rangers/2021/05/05/hyeon-jong-yang-strikes-out-8-batters-in-first-mlb-start-as-rangers-down-twins/ .
Yang was “comfortable and confident” in his debut, which is “easy enough”:https://www.mlb.com/rangers/news/hyeon-jong-yang-strikes-out-8-in-first-mlb-start until reality sets in.
Evan Grant notes that, small sample aside, the Rangers “are playing”:https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/rangers/2021/05/05/3-rangers-observations-from-evan-grant-including-how-texas-has-played-like-a-dangerous-team-to-begin-may/ like a good team in May.