May 21, 2016.

They don’t make them like Colby Lewis anymore.


Rougned Odor is the craziest S.O.B. in baseball. It’s undeniable that Colby Lewis is the toughest. He is indestructible.

He had his shoulder rebuilt in 2004, and came back stronger than ever.

He had his elbow rebuilt in 2012, and came back stronger than ever.

He had his hip rebuilt in 2013, and came back stronger than ever.

There’s that old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Colby owns that.

Last night he took a 101-mile-per-hour line drive off the top of his head, yelled for Rougned Odor to catch the ricochet, rubbed it off, then went on his way getting outs as if nothing happened.

Everybody else would have died instantly. He finished the inning.

Remarkably, that wasn’t the best highlight reel play Colby Lewis made last night. Earlier, he got an out at first base on what was a sure infield single when, in one motion, he swiped at the ball and flung it off the side of his glove to Mitch Moreland at first.

The Rangers were coming off being swept in Oakland with their bullpen in tatters. The thing they needed most was a great outing from a starting pitcher.

What they got was a Jeff Banister complete game seven innings from Colby Lewis.

Seven innings of dominating shutout baseball.

He used his fastball. His breaking ball. And the steel plate in his head.