Those who know me know I am not the most sports-minded fellow. However, you can’t be from Texas and not sport a big Texas-sized grin at the thought of the Rangers (finally) going to the World Series. When I was a lad of single-digit age, I was a member of the official Texas Ranger fan club, complete with a batting glove that had Jim Sundberg’s signature on it. Or at least his name on it. Or something. I did say “single-digit age,” right?
Today’s WSJ carried some funny comments about the match up by columnist Jason Gay (read it here: “2010 World Series: Bargains, Beef and Beards”). Here’s just a few:
“The $55 million-budget Rangers stunned the $206 million-budget Yankees, baseball’s richest franchise. For the cost of the Yankees, you could buy the Rangers three times and buy everyone in Vermont a Lexus and an iPad.”
Q: “What is Rangers owner Nolan Ryan doing right now?”
A: “As we speak, he’s delivering a calf that he will promptly trade to the Seattle Mariners for the rights to Felix Hernandez. Later, he intends to build a barbed-wire fence to keep the Yankees away from Cliff Lee, then he’ll drive through the night to San Francisco in a battered pickup truck, stopping briefly to punch a guy in Reno.”
“The Giants’ hair situation is unruly. The team looks like it should be raising a barn, or opening an artisanal butcher shop in Portland, Ore.”
“The World Series begins Wednesday at 7:57 p.m. Eastern time on Fox; the games have been moved up an hour to accommodate 30 minutes of football highlights to placate Texas viewers.”
Funny stuff. Feel free and read it for yourself.
It seems that Nolan Ryan is the gift that keeps on giving for the Rangers. Congrats, fellows.