"We sent a big box full of cocaine and champagne to their locker room, addressed to Ron Washington and Josh Hamilton," said Giants outfielder Pat Burrell. "It was hilarious."
"We have a young and talented team one we expect to be in playoff contention for several more years," said Rangers team president Nolan Ryan. "And the Yankees are a perennial playoff team that we will likely face again. So it makes sense to keep Alex Rodriguez on our side."
Rodriguez broke through last year with a great postseason performance as the Yankees won the World Series, but Ryan is happy to see he remembers who is paying his salary.
"People criticize Alex a lot," said Ryan. "But this series he has showed he is a man of honor and integrity. For the amount of money we're paying him, it's only right that he's doing absolutely nothing to help the Yankees beat us. He's a good man."
When you win an ALDS, like Josh Hamilton, your teammates dump ginger ale on you.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is one of the premier redemption stories in baseball history. Just a few years removed from being a homeless drug addict, he is an All-Star and one of the game's best hitters. And he’s inspiring others in the process.
“I don’t think he would have ever realized all that he had if he hadn't thrown it all away with drugs,” said Tyler Pyrnee, 16, a diehard Hamilton fan. “He had to get to the bottom first before realizing his potential. That’s why I think I am going to try some of that crack cocaine this weekend.”
Pyrnee’s father, Mike, supports his son’s decision.
“Tyler is a good young player,” says his father. “But I don’t think he has realized his potential, nor do I think he grasps all of the advantages he has been given. He needs to overcome some obstacles to truly become great.”
While Pyrnee’s mother thinks the strategy is too dangerous, Mr. Pyrnee disagrees.
"She says that he could fall into a lifetime of drugs,” said Mr. Pyrnee. “Well, sure. But maybe he doesn’t and maybe he drives in 150 RBIs in the major leagues one year and contends for a Triple Crown. Or maybe he just keeps a harmless coke addiction and knocks in 95 runs. That would be okay, too.”
Tyler also feels his mother is being over-protective.
"Mom says Josh Hamilton is the exception that proves the rule,” said Tyler. “I disagree. If you want to talk about rules, I only know one: Josh Hamilton rules! And I want to be just like him someday. So crack it is.”
But Mrs. Pyrnee says she will do everything to keep her son away from crack.
"Why can't he set his sights a little lower and just do coke like Ron Washington?" she said. "Being a manager is a good sports career, too."
SportsPickle is previewing each MLB team in the lead up to Opening Day 2010. Today:Texas Rangers (2009: 87-75, 2nd in AL West).
Something called Scott Feldman is 17-5 with a 3.62 ERA for the Texas Rangers. He is receiving serious Cy Young consideration. Who is this guy? Here are some facts about Scott Feldman.
Scott Feldman was born February 7, 1983, in Kailua, Hawaii. Many consider Feldman to be the greatest Kenyan-born pitcher of all-time.
Feldman is 6-foot-5 and was big from his youth. In fact, his father told the San Francisco Chronicle "His second-grade teacher made a comment to my wife that it was like 'Alice in Wonderland' becauseScott was always too big for his seat." We can't be sure, but Feldman probably nailed his second-grade teacher. Well done, Scott.
Feldman was also overweight as a youth, hitting 265 pounds, and lost 40 pounds before walking on to the baseball team as a freshman at the College of San Mateo. Despite the physical transformation, Feldman was not able to get any interest in his proposed reality show with Scott Haim.
Feldman went 25-2 at San Mateo with a 1.30 ERA and was drafted in the 30th round of the 2003 draft by the Rangers, but he underwent Tommy John surgery later that year. The Rangers said that had they known Feldman was injured, they would not have drafted him until at least the 31st round.
After working his way up through the Rangers system as a reliever, Feldman was converted to a starter in 2008 and went 6-8 with a 5.29 ERA. With a sub-6.00 ERA in their starting rotation, the conversion was considered a complete success by the Rangers.
Feldman is featured in the MLB-licensed Jewish Major Leaguers Baseball Cards set, commemorating Jewish major leaguers from 1871-2008. Collect all six!
Texas Rangers team chaplain Rev. Roger Ryland was pulled aside by another player today who asked if anything in the Bible specifically forbids the use of steroids or other illegal performance enhancing drugs.
"It's the question I get asked more than anything else," said Rev. Ryland. "More than eternity, more than about salvation, more than about God's message of love. Second most is questions about three-ways."
And as all great spiritual leaders can do, Rev. Ryland is able to provide comfort to his flock.
"I tell them that the word 'steroids' is not in the Bible, nor is the terms 'PEDs,'" he said. "I also mention that doesn't necessarily mean it's okay to take them. Although I don't harp on that too much because the team would probably fire me."
Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan says the role of a chaplain is very important and clearly defined on a team.
"The point of a team is to win. So all chaplains, Rev. Ryland included, are required to work towards that goal as their top priority," he said. "That means we don't need him telling people God doesn't want them to take steroids. What's next? Telling them not to steal signs? Steal bases? It's a slipper slope."
The Rangers are no different than any other sports teams that way. Team chaplains throughout all four major sports are instructed to keep players away from crimes such as murder, armed robbery and rape that could get them suspended and leave the team in a bind.
"This is not the true message of Jesus," said Rev. Ryland. "And it's not how I necessarily saw my career in the ministry going funneling million dollar athletes towards steroids and away from violent crime. I have struggled to reconcile that with my heart and with my God. But I get free tickets to every home game. And that's awesome."
August 7, 2009 Column
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From @str8edgeracer AKA Texas Rangers closer C.J. Wilson