Welcome Back to Earth, Texas Rangers. Welcome Back, Colby Lewis?

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So Alexi Ogando is human. The Rangers' bullpen is shaky. Julio Borbon's center-to-home throws look like Mat McBriar's punts. And Nos. 1-2 hitters are cooler than a New York night.

Admit it, right now Texas' 10-5 feels more like 5-10.

After Ogando gave up three homers last night, Arthur Rhodes surrendered the game-losing 8th-inning hit to Eric Chavez and Ian Kinsler-Elvis Andrus plunged to a combined 18 for 104 for the season, the Rangers' 9-1 start feels like months ago.

Don't look now, but since Josh Hamilton's dumb dash for home Tuesday in Detroit, the Rangers are 1-4 and tied with the Angels atop the AL West. They start a three-game series with the Angels tonight in Arlington.

In Game 2, Colby Lewis is scheduled to start after missing his last regular turn in the rotation because -- I'm not making this up -- his wife, Jenny, was giving birth in California. To the couple's second child.

Don't have kids of my own but I raised a step-son for eight years. I know all about sacrifice and love and how great children are.

But a pitcher missing one of maybe 30 starts? And it's all kosher because of Major League Baseball's new paternity leave rule?

Follow me this way to some confusion.

Imagine if Jason Witten missed a game to attend the birth of a child. It's just, I dunno, weird. Wrong even.

Departures? Totally get it because at a funeral you're saying goodbye to someone for the last time. But an arrival is merely saying hello to someone you'll see the rest of your life.

Dave Bush filled in for Lewis last week in Detroit and threw three scoreless innings of a game that Mark Lowe and the bullpen eventually coughed up. But that's not the point. Baseball players are paid millions to play baseball. If that means "scheduling" births so they occur in the off-season, then so be it. Of the 365 days in a year, starting pitchers "work" maybe 40 of them, counting spring training and playoffs.

If it was a first child, maybe. But a second child causing a player to miss a game? Ludicrous.

Right, Shane Battier?


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New York City Hotel
New York City Hotel

As for Cobra lewis, at least some people still have household principles on the planet and understand that lifestyle is not all about activities or earning cash, football happens daily, the delivery of a kid, whether the 1st or 5th is a once in a life-time occurrence for that kid's delivery.

xxxtruthordare
xxxtruthordare

If I could see the man who wrote in person to literally punched in the head .. then there could be some common courtesy for the birth of a child. What is a $erotic game

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Are you far from the base, Lewis notes. I thank him for being there for his wife and newborn child. Maybe the world would be a better place if more people have this approach. Whether the first or fifth child if the father can not be it should be. You do not devalue the child, a wife, or birth in general, just because it is not the first. Poor form in this article, Sir.

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Lucero Revilla
Lucero Revilla

Big thumbs up for Richie Whitt!!! That's a real father... been there for his children no matter if it's the 1st, 2nd or 10th from their first breath... This world needs more of those kind of fathers!!!!!!

MelanieKay
MelanieKay

Mr. Whitt, I could not disagree more with your point of view on Lewis' decision to be with his wife during the birth of their child. It's good to know that at least some men have their priorities straight. He was doing what worked for him and his family. Maybe you are of the belief that families/children/wives come and go and that careers are more important. All I have to say is I would hate to be in a relationship with you and I feel sorry for your wife and family (that is, if you have them).

As for the outcome of the game and other stats, they are the things that come and go. They are the things that are much more fluid in life and should take a back seat to a new life coming into this world.

Bravo Colby Lewis! And congratulations on your newest family member! (I am certain your wife appreciates you -- even more so now that the ignorance and foolishness of other men has been shown so openly.)

Tmclaughlin33
Tmclaughlin33

The birth of a child is an amazing and wonderful thing no matter how many children you have. The father being present at the birth is more for support then anything.  Labor is painful and exhausting and often scary. Scheduling a birth around a base ball game is whats "Ludicrous" Your suggesting major surgery!  I have three children all of them were unfortunately c-sections.  Not only is a c-section dangerous but it is also a long and hard recovery.  A women after a c-section can't even take care of her own newborn. 6 to 8 weeks before she can can be back to normal.   So Mr Whitt? one day for a birth, or 6-8 weeks taking care of a new born and his recovering wife?   You a journalist Mr Whitt, do your research before you write about something you obviously know nothing about. 

guest
guest

"Follow me this way to some confusion."No one can follow you through your warped sense of what is important in life.

Sara
Sara

You're an ass.  You must not like your step-kid too much if you have the nerve to bash someone for the BIRTH OF A CHILD.  Kudos to Colby Lewis who is already showing his children they are more important the a baseball game; exactly what a good dad should do.

Noonelikes
Noonelikes

You're an asshole, Richie Whitt. Colby Lewis did the right thing and placed his family first.

Baby_luv_1688
Baby_luv_1688

If I could see the man who wrote this in person I would literally punch him in his head.. then he might have a little common courtesy for the birth of a child. What an as$

Randachan28
Randachan28

Just because you have a stepson doesn't mean you understand what it means to have a child -- let aloen have to choose whether to be there for the birth or have to miss the birth of your child for a baseball game.  Just ask fathers who are deployed and miss the birth of ANY of their children to DEFEND our country.  If you asked them if they would rather be home to see their baby or stay to defend our country (much more important than a baseball game mind you) I wonder what they would say?  Guess what, they stay deployed because they have to AND for a sense of duty and for our freedom,not necessarily because they have a choic.  But for a baseball game -- no matter how IMPORTANT that game might be, your children are always much more important.  Try to get the mother to understand or the child years later when they learn that daddy thought a baseball game was more important.  Mr. Whitt, now THAT would be ludicrous.  You obviously don't have your priorities straight and Colby Lewis does.

Bcakes
Bcakes

I think this article is ridiculous, I think family should come first no matter what.

I can't even believe some one would write this.

robertroypool
robertroypool

You're full of shit, Richie Whitt. Childbirth is more important than baseball. Get your priorities straight.

Philly
Philly

You're an idiot.

csrima
csrima

I've never heard of Richie Whitt, but this article is, to use a word he likes..."ludicrous". I've never been a father, but in my opinion...Lewis' decision should not even be a reason to respect him...it should just be a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately we live in a world where it's all about us. As it is, I respect Lewis and all other players who put family (there for the rest of their life, as Whitt put it) over a game (out of their life in 15 years in a best case scenario.

Gh
Gh

What about the wife perhaps needing support for GIVING BIRTH TO THEIR FUCKING CHILD.

Ashley B
Ashley B

You, Mr. Whitt, are one of the most pathetic excuses for a man I have ever heard of.

First, you actually believe was even more ridiculous that Colby Lewis missed a game for the birth of a second child. Because all kids after that first just aren't as important, I suppose?

Second, you say that baseball players (and I would assume you mean all professional sports players) should schedule their children's births for off season. How callous can you be? If I were scheduling babies, I'd have at least a six month old by now. Unfortunately, life doesn't work like that and if you want children, you take them any time you can get them.

I applaud Colby, the Rangers, and MLB for Colby's time off. Nobody else made this a story except for you. One game in the month of April in a season can extend to October is not going to make or break the Ranger's season--and you know that.

And I can tell you as one of the most die-hard Cowboys fans to walk the earth (and not a bandwagon fan either, I assure you), if I found out that Jason Witten missed a game against the Eagles in December when the playoffs were on the line because his wife was giving birth--to what would be their second or third child, I believe--I would continue to think what a great guy he is.

However, Witten probably wouldn't do that because football is a different sport with a different season. EVERY game matters and football players can be and usually are home with their families later the same day as a game or at the latest the next day. Baseball players are not often afforded that luxery.

I suggest you get your head out of your, well, you know, and your foot out of your mouth and move on into the modern world.

Mandy Alsop
Mandy Alsop

If only it were that easy to "schedule" a pregnancy, then I would be pregnant by now. My husband and I, and a million other families have been trying for months, even years to get pregnant. Family trumps a job...and being a player for the Rangers, regardless of salary, is what it is...a job.

Good for Him! You're a douche'

longing to be mommy
longing to be mommy

Since you seem to know the secret to getting pregnant whenever you want, will you please share it with the millions of women all over the world who are desperately trying to conceive? If it was so easy to plan and make a baby whenever you want, I would be holding my bundle of joy and not reading this bullsh!t. Instead I watch in agony as everyone around me bring their little miracles home while I am left with empty arms. To even suggest that a woman can just "schedule" a pregnancy is completely ignorant and assinine. You, Ritchie, are an insensitive pig.

MrsRein
MrsRein

You are full of win. If you know how to time a baby, please let me know. We thought we'd try for a fall baby - we started trying when I'd have a July due date, and now I've worked my way out to the end of January and beyond. Sometimes things don't go as planned. Give the guy an effing break.

ChrissyC773
ChrissyC773

You're a douche bag. While births occur everyday they still have high potential to accompany unexpected tragedy. That player is the true definition of a real man, father, and husband. I don't care if it's the first second, or 10th child- EVERY birth is spectacular! While you may be an honorable and loving stepfather, I challenge you on your manhood to discuss this very subject with this player and his family. Somehow, I don't think you could or would do this. Again, the word douche comes to mind. Grow a vagina and then talk childbirth.

Anon
Anon

Wow this post is an epic fail, the writer is a class act IDIOT. PLEASE don't ever reproduce, I'm sure your partner wouldn't invite you to the birth anyway.

Jtsticks
Jtsticks

On the baby thing...You're an idiot.

One4thum
One4thum

who's richie nitwhitt? I'm sure he wouldn't be allowed to propagate.

Driskall444
Driskall444

You're an idiot. Please don't have any kids of your own.

Jlwcann
Jlwcann

Mr. Whitt- you are an idiot. you should apologize to all good fathers and Colby Lewis specifically. We are talking life vs. sports- oh please, don't take yourself so seriously.

BettyB
BettyB

Richie Whitt - Promise you'll never own animals, try to raise any more children or get in a relationship with any living thing. You will never understand how lacking in good judgment what you wrote is because you are missing a piece of your humanity.

Yourmom
Yourmom

Are you fucking retarded?

Brockstar11
Brockstar11

Are you kidding me? Why does this guy think he has the right to tell someone else what to do with their time? Because he makes a lot of money he shouldn't be there for the birth of his child? I'm glad I make a teachers/baseball coach salary so I could be there for the birth of my second child last month. I wouldn't want anyway to critize me because I missed a game. We always complain about athletes, but we should start complaining about idiots like Mr. Whitt, who thinks baseball is more important than childbirth. I'm sure he loves the attention he is getting from writing this column.

you're a tool
you're a tool

This is probably why you don't have a child. God forbid a man put his family before his trivial job of throwing a ball past a guy with a stick. He's not missing a month, he's missing a start. One game out of 162. Then again, you may not have a child because you look like a colossal tool.

Texaspeoplesuck
Texaspeoplesuck

Jesus, this writer is a douchebag. Come on, a supposedly 'grown' man with a name like Richie? Where the hell are Potsie and Malph???

KTF
KTF

Thank goodness Mr. Whitt does not have children of his own. His twisted sense of priorities won't be handed down to a new generation.

Bob
Bob

You're a MORON. The NFL has 16 games. It is expected that those players (Who have far more time and opportunities to "schedule" family time) indeed make higher sacrifices. Baseball, with far more games and therefore less time for players to be with their families, simply must make greater humanitarian allowances.

Which is why they DO. And is why it's right that they do. And why you are not only wrong, but come across as a jerk.

Amandahein3
Amandahein3

I would like to know what your wife thinks about this article? Is she a moron just like you?

MilitaryMom
MilitaryMom

If being present at the birth of a child is so important, then bring home EVERY military dad who is overseas or stationed on a ship when the mother of his child goes into labor.

 Proud of You Colby Lewis !!!
Proud of You Colby Lewis !!!

The reporter who was critical of a man wanting to be there for the birth of his child shows how he has allowed his personal bias to take over his reporting. I want to hear another sports writer for the Rangers now. I want to listen to a sportswriter who applauds a man who is a public figure that has the backbone to do the right thing. I wonder why his relationship failed ??? Lets all applaud a man who prioritized his marriage and his child over a game . I wonder was the reporter having a wager and now he lost some money or was he just spewing jealousy due to his failed relationship??? Stand up Dallas and get a better reporter who has convictions backbone and applauds right behavior .. Report the news not blast a great point man of his family in perilous times!!! Good job Colby Lewis !!!!!!!!

New Dad
New Dad

"I know all about sacrifice and love and how great children are."

Obviously you don't.

I can't believe you get paid to write crap like that. I know your livelihood depends on sports, but try to step back and take a broader view of the world and life itself. He missed his scheduled start, but by then end of the season it's unlikely he'll have any fewer starts. Just a minor hiccup in the rotation. I feel sorry for your family if this is the way you really feel, and I hope you're not selling them out to sell papers and feed your ego with the extra attention.

Amalthea0101
Amalthea0101

The utter ridiculousness of this blog post was just brought to my attention. In no world does a ball game fall higher on a priority list than a birth of a child, whether it be the first, the second, or the tenth. The utter lack of family values shown here makes me pity your step-son, since clearly you do not consider him an actual child of your own. The millions a ballplayer makes cannot compare to seeing your child born. Not in any reality. The only ludicrous thing about this is how you seem to think a game is more important than a family. It's just, I dunno, weird. Wrong even.

Patrick
Patrick

You, sir, are a moron.

ChuckL
ChuckL

You are an idiot, RW!

Fsmith32
Fsmith32

This series of words strung together by a "writer" is why the term shitweasel was invented. Phucktard.

Thmperr
Thmperr

Ritchie Whitt, you are a worthless little media whore entirely undeserving of the attention you have stirred up. Do you miss the birth of a child to punch a timeclock? The birth of a child is a once in a lifetime event. Yes it happens everyday, but only once per child. My first child died three days after she was born. I was there for her everysecond I could be. Her mother was in ICU and she was in the NICU. If I was not at the bedside of one or the other I was in the hall going between the two. Every moment with your children is precious. Base ball is this Coby's job, not his life. His priorities are straight, yours are the onces that are a bit off center.

You are a pathetic loser and I pity any children born into your house. Do the world a favor get a vasectomy, throw away your computer and find a job more suited to your personality, like cleaning porta-potties.

Guest1234556
Guest1234556

I think it's clear that you've on your own here with your outlandish opinion. Terrible.

Jason Potere
Jason Potere

Richie Whitt is clueless. We should be celebrating any pro athlete who chooses their family over their profession. It doesn't happen often these days.

Guest
Guest

Wow! I really hope this jerk doesn't have kids ... or a wife for that matter! If he thinks a baseball GAME is more important than family, I have no respect for him or his opinion whatsoever.

Aaron Gouveia
Aaron Gouveia

You are a moron of the highest order.

It's the birth of his kid. It doesn't matter if it's his first kid or his fourth kid. Your top priority should be your family. If a player doesn't think twice about skipping the birth of his child in order to play, that's when you should write about there being something wrong.

Some step-parent you must've been.

Nick J
Nick J

I think most people are entitled to their own opinion, with the exception to Nazi or KKK followers, but after reading this "so-called piece of journalism," I need to say that, (1) I am so happy that my parents love me and I am not your step son, Richie (2) You are comparing Shane Battier in a PLAYOFF game. How stupid are you? Have some PERSPECTIVE. You are a Journalist and this is what you have practiced and trained to be for probably a substantial part of your life. Thus, missing a 1 game out of 162 games, where that game is in APRIL, to witness the birth of your child and be there for your wife who needs you under very painful circumstances is not abnormal. May god have mercy on your sole...if you have one.

csrima
csrima

I read your comment assuming that it was meant for me...but I'm thinking perhaps it was meant for Whitt. Haha I suppose that makes more sense, but I was confused that I got an e-mail and responded without making sure it was a reply specifically to me. If it was to Whitt...my apologies!

csrima
csrima

Care to elaborate? Gotta love web-based anonymity, right?

Nick J
Nick J

Is there some place I can go to punch you?

Philly
Philly

Not meant for you. It was directed towards Whitt and I honestly dont think I need to elaborate. He's obviously not a father and at this rate never will be.

Probably a good thing. He would probably skip the kids birth to write a nonsensical story.

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