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A win is a win, even when it doesn’t count. And it’s good to see the Rangers Uniforms get a come-from-behind win in spring training against the White Sox Uniforms.

A solo home run by phenom right fielder Ryan Hood in the seventh tied the game, and then much heralded first baseman Preston Beck hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eight to put the Rangers up for good.

That in a nutshell is spring baseball. Heroics from guys so far down the depth charts not even Jacques Cousteau could find them.

Preston Beck is so unknown that mlb.com doesn’t even have a picture of him. Just that anonymous gray silhouette.

That’s when you know you’ve made it.

Welcome to spring training baseball. But more importantly, welcome to the win column.

It doesn’t count for anything other than a little respect. And wonderful stories for Ryan Hall and Preston Beck years from now when, hopefully, they are making their Hall of Fame speeches in Cooperstown.

  • possumrld

    Good article, Kev! That is exactly what we were all thinking, or at least it was what most of us were thinking, when Ryan Hood hit his home run. The first thing that went through my pea brain was, “Who in the world is Ryan Hood?” By the time Preston Beck hit his, though I was already wondering who most of the rest of the guys in the lineup were, so it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the Hood homer was.

  • GoRangers23

    Fingers crossed on that Hall of Fame run, guys. We’re all rooting for you!……Unless, of course, you get traded. Sorry, we’re fickle like that. 😄

  • Rowdy Yates

    On our way home today. Disappointing that the Rangers lost the two I attended but it’s always worth the price of admission to see Adrian Beltre in person. And I’m thinking that may be the last time I see him in a Rangers uni and given he had a double and single in his two ABs that’d be a great memory for me. But still hoping to attend the summer RR3 game and then maybe he’ll do even better!

    Almost hating leaving Phoenix area. These folks have their chit together and I wish the nincompoops running Austin would visit here for some guidance instead of the stupid trips the city council took to Amsterdam and Copenhagen a couple yrs ago (at taxpayer expense of course) which convinced them that Austin’s “future” was to become ‘them’. Biking, walking and taking the bus or tram to work might work there but Texans (like Arizonans) are NOT going to give up their cars as we have commutes of miles not blocks to get where we need to be. And here in Phoenix they’ve built and continue to build 4 & 5 lane highways to ‘nowhere’ that now are ‘somewhere’ in the middle of housing developments, businesses, schools, parks and all the accoutrements of civilization and moving people at a reasonable pace even during rush hours. Half way around the world the Chinese are doing the same thing. But Austin? … no, Austin is “too smart” for that. We’re going to do away with cars as much as possible! What idiocy. Alright, that’s Rowdy’s rant for the month!

    • GoRangers23

      Have a safe trip back home Rowdy!

    • Nathan Whitten

      You are dead right about Austin’s city planners. It has the worst traffic flow in Texas.
      Hope you have a safe trip home and that you enjoyed your trip.

  • Nathan Whitten

    Now, now aren’t we being a bit facetious about the talent level of these young men? No, they will never see the HOF, MLB, and probably not even AA level ball. But, they are living their dream for a little while. Who knows how long? Hopefully, they are not kidding themselves about their future in pro ball. But they are certainly having some thrills by being on the same fields that future HOFers play on. They might even get into a game with some of them. And make no mistake, they are far better ballplayers than 99.9% of young men their age.
    I know you meant no harm. You do not seem like the kind of fellow that would be deliberately mean to anyone. I would like to politely point out that it does come across as if you are making fun of them. I am a math professor and have done the same thing when speaking of the level of understanding math that most have. Only after the fact did I realize that I was truly making fun of many people. I was mad at myself. I do my best to make fun of only one person: me.
    Again, I know you meant no harm. Please don’t be upset with me. I think you do a great job. I thank you for giving me so many interesting things to read about the sport I love. nw

    • dearmidol

      Actually, I wasn’t making fun of them. I was trying to point out that there are so many players in an organization that it makes your head spin keeping up with all of them. So many players are hyped and so many are ignored. I find spring training to be really boring because the players are a revolving door. I was poking fun at spring training, not the players.

      • dearmidol

        And not upset at all, Nathan. You always have great opinions. If from time to time our opinions don’t jibe, that’s fine with me.

        • elkaba

          FWIW, Kevin, I never get anything “mean” going on with your writing. What I do get is a refreshing breeze of honesty blowing gently above a murky, muddy sea of cheer leader writing, dubious promotional pieces and lots and lots of wishful thinking. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Think I said that once.😎

        • Nathan Whitten

          Thanks. I respect you a great deal. I love this website. I think you misunderstood me. I KNOW you weren’t poking fun at them. I just meant that a casual reader might take it that way. I also know that all of your loyal readers would never even consider the matter. It is because of you that this website has so many great posts. Thanks for doing a good job of giving us something to think about that doesn’t involve world problems.

          • dearmidol

            I appreciate that.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Do you think that SP is too long?

        • dearmidol

          It’s long, but needs to be because pitchers need to get ready. I would imagine hitters are ready after a week.

  • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

    Ya.. This part of spring training can be pretty uninformative… Hood is that AAAA outfielder that every org has (ours was Hoying most recently).

    And Beck is aspiring to be that guy at the corner infield spots.

  • WhoKnowscs

    4-5 years back when I didn’t really follow much on the “farm” side I thought the same thing when I saw Mike Olt homer.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It was probably the Spring Training of the year he was traded for Garza.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I too liked Olt

      • FlappingGums

        Me too!

  • GoRangers23
    • FlappingGums

      Thank you,Go! I’ll watch it on GameDay. Mr. Flap has a show he likes to watch on Friday night and I don’t want to interrupt that with the radio. :-/.

  • FlappingGums

    After 1 inning it’s Reds 2, Rangers 0.

  • FlappingGums

    I’ll be away from the game for a little while. See y’all later.

  • WhoKnowscs

    4-0 Reds after 5. At least if it stands the bullpen of farm pitchers won’t blow the game in the 8th-9th

  • WhoKnowscs

    Lucroy signs with the A’s.

  • FlappingGums

    As of tonight’s game, good thing these games don’t “matter”.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Too bad they eventually will at this rate.

      • FlappingGums

        Good point.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers need a 2b.

    • dearmidol

      I can’t imagine Odor going anywhere for a long time.

      • GoRangers23

        Were you listening to the game tonight? I missed it. What did he do…..or didn’t do that was so bad? His batting avg is atrocious. It’s really not looking good. I really thought he would be better this year. Although it is still super early, it seems like he has a long way to go.

        • dearmidol

          He didn’t play tonight.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, ok. Thanks. I thought maybe he did something pretty bad.