Pudge Gets “The Call”

Posted on January 19th, by John Rhadigan in All, Baseball, Texas Rangers. No Comments

Normally when a reporter is singled out at a press conference it isn’t a happy moment for him. It generally means you have written or said something that angered the person at the front of the room. Think Trump with any CNN reporter. However, when I was singled out Wednesday evening, I could not have been more pleased.

As Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez entered the Rangers media room it was full of people he knew. Family, Rangers front office staff and tons of media. Rangers Owner Ray Davis was there to present Pudge with a Hall of Fame cap, a photo op to commemorate the occasion, Pudge had been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. As he walked to the stage Pudge waved at me, then walked over to shake my hand pulled me in for a … Read More »

I Want the Giants

Posted on January 4th, by John Rhadigan in All, Dallas Cowboys, NFL. No Comments

Cowboys fans should be rooting for the Giants this weekend. I know it’s a difficult thing for a true fan of America’s team to do, but that is the best, and frankly the juiciest match-up possible for the NFC Divisional Round game on January 15.

Obviously I know that the Giants are the only team that has beaten the Cowboys when they’ve rolled out their starters this year – (the Philly loss had Zeke Elliott, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith – and for most of the game Dak Prescott – on the bench) – and they’ve done so twice. To me that is why fans should want this match-up. The New York Football Giants, as Jason Garrett likes to call them, would come to AT&T Stadium feeling very good about themselves. To get to Arlington they will have beaten the Packers in … Read More »

One Carlos Goes, One Stays

Posted on December 9th, by John Rhadigan in All, Baseball, Houston Astros, MLB, Texas Rangers. No Comments

They both joined the Texas Rangers mid-season in 2016. They were both booed in Houston last year. They were both former Astros. They both returned to a former team via free agency. They are both named Carlos. There are tons of similarities between Carlos Gomez and Carlos Beltran. One big difference now though, the former is a Ranger, the latter is an Astro.

Carlos Beltran signed a one year deal with Houston and is a bigger man than me. Beltran returns to a fan base which booed him every at bat of his Rangers tenure. Granted it wasn’t the fans that offered to pay him $16 million, it was Astros management. Some of whom are dying to take a player from Texas in hopes that it will help them beat the Rangers.

It seems that Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and others have … Read More »

Historical Reference

Posted on November 23rd, by John Rhadigan in All, Dallas Cowboys. No Comments

That moment when you realize that history is repeating itself…

That moment is happening around here. The 2016 Cowboys are already being compared to the team that lead this franchise to Super Bowl XXVII. There are similarities, but beware the differences.

The similarities seem so obvious. This team has a modern day version of the triplets. Back in ’92 Troy Aikman was in his fourth year as quarterback of America’s Team and he was a steady hand on the rudder. Steering this ship through a 13-3 regular season and a return trip to the playoffs.

Unlike Dak Prescott, Troy was not replacing an injury-plagued, aging and wildly popular veteran. But Troy was a part of a quarterback controversy. Then coach Jimmy Johnson drafted the quarterback that helped him to a National Championship in college. Steve Walsh was the second overall pick in the NFL supplemental draft … Read More »

Romo Needs to Play

Posted on November 4th, by John Rhadigan in All, Dallas Cowboys. No Comments

If Tony Romo is healthy, then he should be starting for the Cowboys. Who’s with me? Anybody? (crickets) Come on people! Sports are not supposed to work this way. A franchise player is not supposed to lose his job because he missed a few games due to injury!

When Tyron Smith’s back stopped barking at him the Cowboys put him back in. Same with Dez Bryant, if he’s healthy he is back on the field. So why is it different with Tony? You say, “Because they are winning without him.” Well they won both games that Tyron did not play and all of those that Dez missed. Yet both those players were immediately granted their positions back because they are better than their back-ups. Guess what? So is Tony.

One thing we know about the NFL, you build a team from the … Read More »

Math Sucks

Posted on October 12th, by John Rhadigan in All, Baseball, Texas Rangers. No Comments

Damnit they told me there would be no math in this job. So when the Bill James Pythagorean Theorem was brought to my attention I scoffed. In part because I had enough trouble with the work of ole’ Pythagoras in geometry class and in part because I did not want to believe that the theory could be applied to a Rangers team that was having so much fun and winning so many games.

It is actually a hybrid of the Pythagorean Theorem which asserts that runs scored vs runs allowed is a better indicator of a team’s future performance than actual winning percentage. This results in a formula which is referred to as the Pythagorean Winning Percentage.

Call me old school, oh hell call me old if you want, but I don’t want all the numbers and the analytics to be right. … Read More »

Desmond and Lucroy Doing it Right

Posted on September 27th, by John Rhadigan in All, Baseball, Texas Rangers. No Comments

On a recent road trip with the Rangers I was stopped in the lobby of the team hotel by someone who told me he enjoyed me on the broadcast and asked where he should eat in that city. He introduced himself as Doug Rogalski. Since I am not a beat writer, per se, the name did not ring a bell. As it turns out Doug is the agent for Jonathan Lucroy and Ian Desmond.

I tried to grease the wheels by telling him how much the Rangers and their fans like each of those guys. The truth is my comment to him won’t enhance the chances of signing either or both of those men to a long term deal, but it sure would be great if the Rangers and Doug can do a couple of deals in the off season. These … Read More »

Canada Takes Notice of the Rangers

Posted on September 2nd, by John Rhadigan in All, Texas Rangers. No Comments

If you have ever wondered how rivalries are born, see the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays. This is a rivalry, and a good one. As the Rangers celebrated another wonderfully dramatic win on Tuesday night, Toronto was watching, closely. Recall that the Rangers came from behind twice in the game and once again lived the “never ever quit” hashtag. The game ended on a Rougned Odor walk-off two run homer and the place went nuts. Jeff Banister did what Banny does, he celebrated the dramatic conclusion with his players. Some in Toronto took offense.

Sid Seixerro of the Sid and Tim show produced a video criticizing Rougie and Banny for Sportsnet.ca.

(you can watch the video here)

Poor Sid. Do you suppose he’s forgotten that the Blue Jays actually beat the Rangers last year in the playoffs?  The truth is, he’s … Read More »

Clicking on All Cylinders

Posted on August 12th, by John Rhadigan in All, Texas Rangers. No Comments

In my day job, it would be such a great play on words.  I could start Rangers Live by saying, “The Rangers are playing well, but they are not clicking.”  A question mark would form over the heads of my collective audience and then I would nail the punch line and say, “actually they are clicking, but they are not clique-ing.”  Isn’t the English Language great?  Two words that sound the same but are spelled differently and, of course, their meanings are vastly different.

The truth is the Rangers are clicking like few in team history ever have.  One of the reasons is that there are no cliques.  Cliques can undo a good team quickly.  There have been teams that won in spite of cliques.  The ’95 Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX despite the fact that some on the coaching staff were … Read More »

How to Fix the Rangers

Posted on July 27th, by John Rhadigan in All, Baseball, MLB, Texas Rangers. No Comments

I remember talking to Colby Lewis on May 4th in the visitors clubhouse in Toronto. The topic of the day was a six man rotation. You see Yu Darvish was getting close to returning  from Tommy John Surgery, and we wondered what the Rangers would do with all these pitchers who were all pitching so well. Colby was all for a six man rotation. He reminded us that he had been a part of one in Japan and, of course, so had Darvish.

That six man talk is comical now of course. In the three weeks leading up to the All Star break, the Rangers were operating with a three man rotation and hoping that Nick Martinez, Chi Chi Gonzalez or Kyle Lohse would grab hold of the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. None of them did and there … Read More »