Real fake baseball. 71 comments


It was good to see the Rangers Uniforms get a win yesterday, meaningless or not. It was the way they did that counted. At the stadium, me and my buddies had so much fun. On hot summer days like this, drinking some fine Oddbins and eating well done burger with fries is almost a necessity. We had a great time overall.

For once, they didn’t give away runs. In fact, the miscues came from the Athletics Uniforms. Proving you can’t get the Ranger out of you when you leave, former Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski made a few really embarrassing plays.

In the first inning, Smolinski dropped a routine fly ball to center field off the bat of Nomar Mazara.

In the fifth, after a Joey Gallo single to center, Smolinski attempting to return the ball back to the infield, but proceeded to throw it directly into the ground a few inches in front of him.

The rumor that Rangers GM Jon Daniels immediately got on the phone to inquire about reacquiring Smolinksi because “he plays Texas Rangers defense” has not been confirmed.

No, what was great about yesterday’s win was the Rangers had a long sustained five-run fifth inning that didn’t rely on the home run.

It was a good old fashioned, keep-the-line-moving rally.

Single, single, productive RBI ground out, single, single, walk, single, sac fly. And most of that came from actual major league Rangers.

That’s the kind of baseball that doesn’t feel like an accident.

Yes, this was in a game that doesn’t count. But here’s hoping this offense is capable of many more innings like this when the games do mean something.

That’s fun baseball to watch.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Jake Smo or JD Smo…..will the real Smo stand up!!

  • FlappingGums

    Today’s game starts at 3:10 CDT. It might be on FSSW!

    • TD30

      FSSW+ I believe

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you,TD!! 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    After watching Ohtani hit a couple of times I am unimpressed. Long looping swing, will be eaten up with the inside pitch and the curve. More impressed with his pitching.

    30 Japanese reportrs at the Halo camp. when Suzuki had his press conference…25 watched the PC 5 watched O. Respect for one of the best hitters of all time..Love it

  • WhoKnowscs

    The A’s would jab back “Our Outfielders make errors when it doesn’t count(yesterday) and not when they do(Hamilton last game of season).”

    Also . . . first televised Ranger game of Spring Training today.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Sure there is not a shuffleboard tournament that will preempt?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Or the video they run during rain outs.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yankee tarp removal instructions

  • possumrld

    Nice article, Kev! It was a refreshing change form what the kind of baseball have been seeing for the most part.this spring from the Rangers .

  • elkaba

    Best thing about yesterday’s win was the Rangers finally scraped themselves off the bottom of the Cactus League barrel! Yes, I know. It’s Spring Training. It doesn’t count for anything. But isn’t it best not to finish it out in dead last place? I think it is.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Next to last is better than last…AGREED

    • FlappingGums

      Not finishing in last place gets my vote — even in ST! :-)!

  • FlappingGums

    Is anyone else watching the Rangers game?

    • WhoKnowscs

      I turned it on with Gallo at bat in the first.

  • WhoKnowscs

    4 errors and no hits? And the first inning isn’t even over.

  • WhoKnowscs

    sigh . . . we didn’t get to capitalize like they did on the errors. On the plus side Gallo took at least 6 pitches to K.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ohtani at the plate and he hit a single.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mazara homered to tie.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Bases loaded no outs results in only 1 run =(

    and then our farm pitcher gives up a 3 run homer without getting an out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Breaking News: Arrieta signs with the Phillies.

  • GoRangers23

    WhoKnowsc, do you know what happened when Delino was tagged out at 3rd? They said he was safe, then they said that the ball was dropped and he was out. I was listening on the radio in the car and have no idea what happened.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It was a bloop fly that wasn’t caught but was the type where runners hold up to see if it’s caught that can end up not being a hit because of it.

      • GoRangers23

        Thanks. My husband tried to explain it to me in the car, but since I didn’t actually see what happened, and I am still trying to get over being sick, my brain is foggy and refusing to cooperate. Im afraid I’m still confused, but it’s not a big deal. I was just curious.

        • WhoKnowscs

          It was a force out.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, ok. Thanks!

          • WhoKnowscs

            Runner had to wait to tag up and didn’t make it when the ball wasn’t caught by the outfielder.

  • GoRangers23

    Flap, I know you have Dish too, what channel is the game on?

    • FlappingGums

      440

      • GoRangers23

        Ok, thanks Flap!

        • FlappingGums

          You’re welcome!

          • GoRangers23

            Are you enjoying this TV game, Flap? Unfortunately, I didnt get here until the eighth inning, I think. It’s still nice to actually see a game. I have never seen most of these guys before though. It’s like, “ Go Rangers guy, go! “ 😄

          • FlappingGums

            It’s been great to see the Rangers in uniform! Yeah, I didn’t know most of the guys in the last innings.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s back to the loss column we go.

  • GoRangers23

    Kiner-Falefa forgot to hang loose……or maybe he hung too loose? Either way, a double play ends the game with another loss. Poo!

    • GoRangers23

      That is too, not to.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers certainly working hard on their defense. Only 3 errors today!

    • GoRangers23

      It’s truly sad.

    • WhoKnowscs

      They balanced it out by working on making extra outs on the bases

    • dearmidol

      It’s pretty embarrassing. I recall this happening last spring too. Way too many runs given away.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Let’s make a new slogan for the Rangers. #NeverEverQuit has been used and I just don’t see it being right again. Also the gimmick of every win feeling like a 9th inning comeback felt like it resulted in the 9th inning loss last year. #RealTexasBaseball just seems like a joke when the other Texas team is coming off a World Series win.

    • TD30

      #we’renotTHATbad
      Lol

      • WhoKnowscs

        #Betterthayouthink or (Yuthink)
        #NoOhtaniOrStantonHere

        • dearmidol

          All the reports on Ohtani say he is not ready to be a major league hitter.

          • WhoKnowscs

            I don’t think he’s going to hit like they think, But he was one of the 2 big tickets this offseason while all the free agents remained unsigned.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Priceless

    • Rowdy Yates

      Make the Rangers Great Again! hmmmm I think I’ve heard something similar to that already. But I like it, even if it’s at least a few yrs away.

  • GoRangers23
    • GoRangers23

      I thought this was coming. It totally deflates him, I would imagine, but it is for the best for everyone, I think.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Don’t think so….after what he did, he feels blessed or darn sure ought too

        • GoRangers23

          You must not have heard his interview after his last start. It sounded like he truly wanted it, to me. There is bound to be quite a bit of disappointment there. No one wants to be told they can’t do something that they have their heart set on. Also, he didn’t take the blame for it at all. Instead, he made out like the only reason he had a bad start was because all of the hitters were on their game that day.

          • dearmidol

            I’m sure he is disappointed. But he’s not a starter.

          • GoRangers23

            No, he isnt! I thought that was a terrible idea. It didn’t work very well.

          • JacobMcCandles

            The point was…everyone forgets his atrocious acts cuz he is a BB Player

          • GoRangers23

            See, I didn’t even realize you were talking about the thing he did years ago that he has already spent time in prison for, and paid his debt to society. I forgave and forgot. I thought you were talking about his pitching in his last start.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not trying to be rude Go…maybe he paid his debt legally, but Google the guy he ran over on his 5th DWI

          • GoRangers23

            I bet if you asked the people on this site alone, almost every single one of them would say that they have driven after drinking. Bush just got caught more than most. That is a fact. I’m absolutely not sticking up for his behavior. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE does really stupid things when they are young. What he did was absolutely horrible! But like I said, he did his time and hopefully he will do something good with his life now. I think that no one should drink after they have had ANY amount of alcohol.

            I have no idea why we are rehashing Bush’s drinking though. I was talking about his pitching performance.

            As to my first comment, I was just hoping he doesn’t start getting a bad attitude because he can’t be a starter.

  • TD30

    Hello from the happiest place on Earth. No…not Disney land, Phoenix, Az, the land of cactus league baseball.

    • dearmidol

      Hello. I am jealous.

      • GoRangers23

        Me too! 😄

      • TD30

        It is so great out here. I recommend it to every baseball fan!

    • GoRangers23

      Ha! Are you having a good time? I’m glad you are there safe and sound!

      • TD30

        We are having a great time so far. We did the Grand Canyon yesterday on our way here. Today we went shopping and did some swimming. Tomorrow, we plan to check out a training camp, maybe the Royals. They share a field with the rangers, but I’ve never gone over to their practice fields and watched their training.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ever done the chopper tour….magnificent

          • TD30

            No, I’m a huge chicken.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Done that one and Hoover dam

          • GoRangers23

            Me too! Some people just died doing that a few weeks ago.

          • TD30

            They weren’t doing any helicopter or hot air balloon rides while we were there, I would guess because it was so foggy, but could have something to do with that crash.

        • GoRangers23

          That sounds like fun! Take lots of pictures for us. 😄

    • Rowdy Yates

      Sorry to have missed you this yr. Have a great time. And have better luck with the Rangers winning some games!

      • TD30

        I wish we could come out earlier in the season, but we have to come when the kid is out of school. Hope they will win some for us!