Rangers 26, Red Sox 11: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. That, my friends, was about as thorough a three-game sweep as you can produce. The Rangers out-scored Boston by 15 runs and slugged 11 homers. And that wasn't the Royals, remember -- it came against the team most experts predict will represent the AL in the 2011 World Series.

9. Most impressive of Texas' 11 dingers was the shot by Nelson Cruz that reached the upper deck in right field in yesterday's seventh inning. Cruz, who had some of us worried by hitting only one homer in 62 spring training at-bats, was likely helped by a jet-stream wind of around 30 mph that blew in from the south and then out to right. He became only the second right-handed hitter to reach the upper tier in right, with an estimated distance of 424 feet. The other: Chad Curtis in 2000. What the what?!

8. If the Rangers did miss someone from 2010 it was Josh Lewin. New TV play-by-play voice John Rhadigan was underwhelming in his first series, sounding about as exciting and colorful as a vanilla shake in white Dixie cup, sans crazy straw. Rhadigan wasn't bad, it's just going to take some getting used to home run calls of "It's over the wall!" Ball game, anyone?

7. Manager Ron Washington looks like a friggin' genius for moving Ian Kinsler to lead-off. His thinking: Ian can bunt, steal a base, hit one in the gap or give you a 1-0 lead with one swing of the bat. Touche, Skip.

6. The new video board in right field is nice and bright and clear and ... big? I know it's supposed to be about 2/3 the size of JumboJerry down the street, but against the sky it just doesn't seem as imposing. An upgrade? You betcha.

5. One way to mask a sketchy pitching staff is to score almost nine runs per game. And all this talk of having an experienced closer? Smallest margin of any game in the series was four runs. Still, curious as to why manager Ron Washington would use Neftali Feliz twice in the ninth innings of blowout wins. (And, yes, I am nitpicking.)

4. Perhaps those doomsday calls for the Rangers to be a one-hit wonder were premature. Perhaps. Meanwhile, the Anaheim Angels somehow lost three of four in Kansas City. Delicious. Said team prez Nolan Ryan, "I think this weekend probably sent a message to the rest of the league that the Rangers are a legitimate team." No doubt the supersonic sweep raised eyebrows around the league.

3. Most surprising development from Sunday's 5-1 win was Matt Harrison's fastball reaching 97 mph. Or was it the four homers off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who allowed only nine all of last season?

2. Any time we read something that includes "first time in the history of baseball" it makes our ears perk up. They've been playing lots of games for lots of years in this sport, which makes what Cruz and Kinsler accomplished even more amazing. For the first time in the history of baseball two teammates have hit homers in each of their teams' first three games. "A page from baseball's present," huh Eric Nadel?

1. Guess I should've expected it in this area, the personification of bandwagon sports fans, but the sudden baseball fever is refreshing. Everywhere I went this weekend there were people in Rangers gear, glued to televisions. And a record 144,000 showed up for the opening three-game series in Arlington, drowning out the so-called Red Sox Nation (which is licking its wounds this morning). The pregame tailgating in the parking lots had a college football atmosphere and buzz to it. Nice. Hard to imagine a better opening weekend for the Rangers.

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Whats Next?
Whats Next?

the Tardline ditched twice last wk for NIT playoffs.now theyre dumped an hr early for a game that tips @ 830pm.

by the way, i havent heard anymore Masters promos.no way the station is not sending their flagship show and its massive 1.3 to cover it, eh?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

methinks The Masters kaboshed that idea, little ticket boys arent going either and they were talking like they were too a while back

kergo
kergo

Kergie out for this week with work, baseball and travel.....good luck witt the posers, losers, idiots, @ssholes, freaks, and rednecks! Tip of the week:

Warsh went from being a bit to becoming a legend.

kergo
kergo

Wild Leek Soup w/Chicken:-canned chix for convenience-boiled bouillion/chicken flavored-wild leeks, found anywhere in Texas-rice, carrots, spices(pepper, oregano, etc.), etc.-canned green beans-mix and put in the crock pot for 8 hours....serve with Sesame Buns or Silver Dollar Rolls w/Butter.

Kergie Out B's

Adios Mofo's!

What other state has a Gubner that runs with a pistola?

Craaig Monty
Craaig Monty

keep up the good works Kerg's, and remember, it's always the gay ones that are calling other people gay. Keep up the good fight.

kergo
kergo

Thank you, I shall, until this land becomes once again a bastion of freedom-or a land void of tatted and pierced, lazy losers. They should call the present 20-35 generation "generation slob". Nobody wants to work anymore....working makes you uncool and old. Welp, call me Nana, and I'm effin' fightin' the whole way out of this mortal coil.

Chriscarp11
Chriscarp11

cant wait for the game. josh is amazing

Jimmy Jack
Jimmy Jack

whats a more painful listen:

rhadigan's play-by-byorthe Tardline?

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

definitely have to go with Rhadigan's play by play. He's a nice enough guy, but WOW - he sucks at play by play. Bring back Josh or even Bill Jones.

kergo
kergo

Nolan seems to think rhadigan is gold. He would probably get along really well with Bruce Gilbert. Lets see who can suck more.

kergo
kergo

Holy crud, me head is spinning! The guy that posts just like me is making me a legend, and the guy that comments with all sorts of queer stuff is without question a "lefthanded hitter". Thanks guys? Anyhoo, I think Imma register with Disgus and put this to rest. I started my career here as a terrorist (fake scott, etc.), so I have a tender hera for what these boys are trying to do. And for the guy that thinks all I do is stories about Walmart, cooking, menial jobs-ok, it's true......what's your shctick, other than being a dickhead? Come up with your own deal, like, the guy that plays with his balls or something like that.

Welp, gotta go make a chicken lasagna-mmmmmmmm!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Anyone heading to Wednesday's matinee? The wifey and I will be on a picnic table out in CF (best ticket deal in the metroplex, been sitting there since the place opened/just by a standing room tick and head straight for CF..) Would like to meet up with some of the fantasy league, maybe (quite possibly) drink a couple of beeras...If there's any replies, then we'll talk it out...Goooo Rangers.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

cant make the day game Wednesday but ill be out there for Royals Rangers Friday night Saturday night games in April

just sayin'
just sayin'

Right after the opening day win was in the books, Rhadigan said "the rangers win a victory". Has any team in the history of sports ever not won a victory?

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

the wife and I will be at the Temple for tonight's game. Can't wait to see what the giveaway replica AL championship rings look like.

kergo
kergo

Replica rings, bad idea, they should give away nipple rings to all the freaks I saw tailgaiting on opening day. I have never seen so many tatted and pierced @ssholes in my life! Other than Lake Ray Hubbard. Kerg's is thinkin' about takin' the Kerg's toddler to the 1PM Weds. game-dolla hot dogs! Too bad his first game couldn't have been at the venerable FENS. Ahhhh, Kenmore Square! Santoro's. Dipietro's in Medford Square!

ps-and every woman looks like a lumberjack (except for my sister). today's recipe:Tenderloin Quesadillas w/Sauteed Mushrooms

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Kerg's, me and the Mrs...are going to be there for Wednesday's matinee..take the Lil Kergs, head to the kiddoe stuff in CF..and I will be holding down one of the picnic tables...You will know me by the Blue claw shirt and a cowboy hat, probably will have a beer in each hand, seriously...cmon out, would love to meet up with you.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

yo, kergs, just register with disqus and put some goofy avatar photo in so we people will now the real kergs from the fake.

kergo
kergo

that "mean" post was obviously not me.

kergo
kergo

Dude...what is your weird obsession with me? I'm just a dude on a blog. You seem desperate to make a friend. I just like getting on here and making funny comments...not looking for anything more. I'm sorry if this hurts you but this is the way it has to be.

Kergie out?

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Because I'm busy and in a pissy mood today, I'm only going to counter two of RW's post:

10. "my friends"? You've apparently taken back the olive branch. Not having back 'n forth with us (it only lasted a few days) and apparently talking shit about us on air. We're not friends.

8. Give Rads some time to find his on-air voice. God knows you're still looking for yours.

And for christ's sake, quit saying what the what. You're too fucking old to be talking like a valley girl.

Mishon
Mishon

I think he says what the what now just to jab at us. This one seemed like he forced it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It'd be textbook passive-aggressive.

kergo
kergo

Give Richie a break. His boyfriend dumped him and his ratings for rage are in the toilet. Actually they have already been flushed.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Random notes of questionable merit:

1. Rhads was mediocre at best. He was using weird, pointless stuff as filler material. Ball/strike ratio in the first inning? I'm giving him until June, though. I like the dude, but miss Josh at this point. They did get into cookie talk yesterday. Guys, really, we don't care about the shoutouts to kinda creepy old women who bake far too much.

2. I am pleased to report the crowd at Friday's game was pretty hardcore, at least by our standards. Far more people looking like fans than people trying to be seen at the game. Saw a dude in an Astros jersey and cap and wondered if he got lost, and I'm always amused by people who wear jerseys of recently departed mediocre players. A Buechele jersey would be awesome. A Blalock one? Not so much. Great atmosphere, great game, no frigging wave, and a collective groan of annoyance at Borbon in the first. I wish they could've aimed the B-52 better before the game though, it must've flown just north of the stajium. I could hear the roar and see it on the screen, but didn't see it personally.

3. If you do your job, you'd listen to Wash and know Feliz was used to show the Sox that they'd have to earn a chance to win against their best. No stringing together a couple hits against Strop or Lowe and letting one swing tie it up.

4. The vidja board is awesome. Maybe it doesn't look big enough to you because of your perspective much closer to the ground. Making the one in center bigger would've been nice, but I understand the complications.

5. I too fear Kinsler will get back into power hitter mode and not spray singles opposite field and let the studs behind him get him around. The pop is great, as long as it doesn't convert into pop outs at some point.

6. Love Murphy. Rusty Greer part 2. Better team guy than Young.

7. Liked seeing Ortiz hitting well, only because of fantasy benefits.

8. Anyone still pissy about Napoli?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

baking talk is not as good as power tool talk. I can't wait to buy me one of them Tom Grieve themed blue and red Dewalt drivers. Is TAG that out of touch on power tools? Wow.

kergo
kergo

It is my summation that Griever has NEVER picked up a power tool.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

well, I guess when you have a full staff on call, you don't have to worry about it. How much is TAG worth? a few mil? Has to be less right? How the F do you not have a tool box and at least one power tool? I guess when you spend 300 days a year talking baseball, you don't have time, but Jesus.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

As for Napoli, thanks to Grubes, I hear that Situation drop from the Trump Roast every time he steps up to the plate.

Thanks, Shoopy!

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

The Murphy-Greer comparison is apt...APT, I tells ya!

Mishon
Mishon

Best Washington quote of the weekend...When asked about Borbon's God awful error in center when he took Cruz's out, he said "I wanted to go out there and punch Julio."

Love Wash.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Borbon's ass needs to be sent packing ASAP. WEAKEST LINK.

Mishon
Mishon

Agreed. Not sure why they just can't keep Hambone at center and play Murph in left. Murphy NEEDS to be in the lineup daily anyway. Borbon is not ready for the bigs yet, although he did go 2 for 4 with a triple on saturday.

kergo
kergo

The powers that be are convinced that he is going to tear his knee up in center.......unless they put him at first or dh, the risk is always present. I think DMurph's arm is too weak for center.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

Last October changed everything. Every time they play in Arlington, the Rangers are re-tracing their steps in moments that none of us will ever forget. In their 40th year, the Rangers are like 40 year-old virgins who finally scored. All the rejection, missed changes and futility are so...last year (before October). This team is like gasoline on offense, it doesn't take much for the whole place to go up. If the pitching holds up.....................

kergo
kergo

BIG QUESTION- if the pitching holds up!? 1-3 looks unhittable, the answer lies with the Dutch Oven; if he's good, anything is possible. I think DH will be a top notch ace one day......question is when?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Let's tap the brakes...CJ was FAR from unhittable on Friday.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

#8 So agree. WTF kind of screening did they do before they made the switch? If there's someone that can fill dead space with energy, it's Josh Lewin. What a fail by the Rangers.

And yes, Kergo, Red Sox Nation is licking their wounds. If this was the other way around, there'd be mass hysteria going on around here.

The Bloodytaco's are the Boston Red Sox of our FBBL. I'm definitely licking my wounds right now.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Totally agree about Rhads and Josh. Rhads is great as a studio host, but he's out of his element in the booth. Nolan needs to limit his involvement to ON THE FIELD ONLY. I heard from a buddy who went to Saturday night's game that those new "guaranteed" hot dogs Nolan was touting on The Musers last week were so horrible, he couldn't get through more than two bites without chunking it. And this guy is a man of heft who rarely met a meal he didn't like.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Said it when it happened, Joshshouldn't of been showed the door. If the "guaranteed" dogs you refer to are the normal dollar dogs, I would agree with your friend...I always walked past those, and on around to the chili chees footlong with japs and onions..stop by and get a Shiner on the way back...good meal at the old ballpark.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

I roll plenty on Shabbos, but even a Gentile like myself knows Hebrew National with carmelized onions are the shiznit. And everything goes better with Shiner Bock.

kergo
kergo

not EVEN a hint of panic......nada.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm right their with you brother (well I was til yesterday) It's a long season, on the field and in our league..

Mishon
Mishon

Couldn't have scripted a better opening weekend for the Rangers. I am ready for all this basketball crap to go away so that baseball can have all the spotlight. I hate tuning into sportscenter and wanting to see baseball highlights and I have to listen to all this final four shit or the spurs/lakers battling out for the number 1 seed hogwash.

I am sorry, but Rhads sucks at play by play. I like the guy, I really do...but why was he hired again? Did he do an audition for Nolan before he got the job? He makes so many mistakes it's astounding and it is just not a very entertaining broadcast. And I have heard enough about the energy in the stadium...he brings that up every few minutes when there is an akward silence. I think it's his clutch when he has nothing else. I like Josh on the radio, but I think I would rather have him calling the games. I may have to start muting the tv and just listen to nadel.

kergo
kergo

Always mute the game and listen to Nadel, but, the delay is a killer! Dave Barnett would have been a better fit for tv. Rads is ok, and I hope he gets better. I wish him luck. It was wierd listening to RadsCow, where in the middle of a statement he drops an "mmmmmmmm" akin to the Micky Lamb or Thundering Georgio's.

ps-I cant wait for TG to start commenting on Aunt Millie's buttercream cupcakes, or Agetha in Alvin's sweet pecan tassies.

ps-thanks to all the Fake Kerg's who filled in for me last week!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

What's wrongg with Agetha's pecan tassies? On a side note, me and Mrs. Brokenshoulder climbed Enchanted Rock yesterday morn...it was awesome.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

first time climbing it yesterday Kergs, the middle part of the climb was kinda tough after a late night in Luckenbach..the wifey loved it too..couldn't believe that part. We've driven by it before, buut after talking to some folks on Saturday, figured we could handle it...glad we did. You ever been to the Alamo Springs Cafe and the old train tunnel next door where the bat colony is (forget the name of the "state park"? We couldn't wait for the bats, but after the best burger we've ever had..did walk down to the tunnel.

kergo
kergo

I haven't been to ER in twenty years........that place is awesome!

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