Did Josh Hamilton Have Alligator Arms? Yes. Will He Be in the Lineup Again Tonight? YES!

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After Tuesday night's 7-3 victory over the hapless Houston Astros, we can fit the Rangers for another Silver Boot.

Texas got homers from Josh Hamilton, Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler and C.J. Wilson cruised against baseball's worst team. A favorable ump call helped the Rangers in the 6th when Jeff Keppinger beat the throw to first but was called out on a double play. And even got some UT-Arlington pride going -- Class of '86 -- in the 8th when former Movin' Mav Mark Lowe struck out former Movin' Mav Hunter Pence.

And one of the best signs for the Rangers? A play that wasn't made.

Hamilton, who recently missed six weeks after a dumb, daring dash to home plate on a foul pop-up, is playing safer. Which is smarter. He didn't make a diving catch last night. And because of it he'll be in the lineup again tonight, which is considerably more important.

In the 5th inning Hamilton ran into left-center and sorta half-ass dove for a liner off the bat of Clint Barmes. As he closed in on the ball, Josh hesitated and didn't reach out with his right arm, same one he broke back in April.

Some call it alligator arms. Some call it a plum (plays unmade). I call it a harmless double and sign that Hamilton may add mental maturity and durable into his mammoth tool box.

Admitted Hamilton, "Kinda got alligator arms on the first one cause I knew I was going to hit the ground hard, so I didn't get full extension."

Then, there was Hamilton's second diving catch attempt. Which wasn't so safe, but was key.

I saw it on SportsCenter in Top Plays, then I read about it. I think?

From ESPN.com's Calvin Watkins:

In the seventh, Hamilton ran to his left, into right-center field, on another long drive by Barmes. This time, Hamilton dove for the ball, catching it with his right hand (glove hand), and he landed hard on his left side in the warning track.

From Dallas Only Daily's Evan Grant:

6th inning: When Carlos Lee drives a pitch to the gap in right center, Josh Hamilton closes on the ball fast and dives onto the warning track to make a backhand grab.   

Unless Josh had three dives in the game, chalk one up for Grant. And for Hamilton. It was in the 6th, off Lee's bat and Hamilton made a diving, tumbling catch in which he landed on his right side. The play preserved a 5-2 lead.

Still, at this point in the season, especially against the Astros: Careful > Kamikaze.

Right?


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Richie's douchiness
Richie's douchiness

Tried to listen to RAGE for Greggo's Rangers talk. No Greggo. Is he back on drugs?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, when you gonna get to your big Rangers story? After you ask Colby and Ian about the paternity leave issue, please..please..get Jham's thoughts on his eye color, Higher likelihood of injuries because of his past drug issues and his alligator arms and finally wising up...There wouldn't be a piece left of you, good god man..how can you dog any real writer..when all you ever do is copy/past/repeat. Last good story was "Where's Greggo" and he only talked to you cause he already burned the other two bridges.

Calvin Watkins
Calvin Watkins

I'll beat your ass, midget. Don't ever write my name again bitch.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Are you, of all people, trying to bring up accuracy in web posting?

You figure out who coached the Mavs in '88 yet?

Hack.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Word, And Jham is your everyday CF and Davis is your LF Cruz in RF, Murphy is traded for relief pitcher and boom goes the dynamite

MoronDog
MoronDog

Greggo is high on life.......and cocaine.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Richie has a feature article now up on the site here (I guess it will be in the print edition) about the 88 Mavs vs 11 Mavs. He now has the correct coach and correct record of the 88 Mavs in the article. Take a look: (Had to use tiny url for the link to work)

http://tinyurl.com/3ll6gn7

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Dick Motta built 'em; John MacLeod coached 'em. Am I the only "hack" you stalk? If so, I'm flattered. If there are others, that's just weird. Kisses. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

as much as these guys get hurt, I like having Murphy in there as a backup. He has more clutchness in his bones than Borbon or Chavez.

Dollar Dog
Dollar Dog

Murphy is needed to play in day games (.316 BA) for Hamilton. Murphy's green eyes hamper his ability to hit at night (.179 BA)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Nope, already read the Shitt-notes version..not gonna waste the 4 minutes of my life I'd burn doing it.

Texas Penal Code
Texas Penal Code

You may want to refrain from insinuating that somebody is a stalker, Mr. Whitt. Libel and slander could await. Trust me.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Ahhh I know a shit ton of people think you suck RW. Just say Greggo ten times eat a Whopper jr and everything will be a ok.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Congrats to RDP1 he said this would be how you the put the ole spin control on your lack of Mavs knowlege.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You need me far more than I need you. And you may want to look up the definition of stalking there, slick. But again, that speaks to accuracy in writing.

Norm Sonju built 'em, by the way.

Phootball Phan
Phootball Phan

Props to Penal Jay for the obscure 'Stripes' reference.

Penal Jay
Penal Jay

Lighten up Francis.  Check the libel and slander laws.  Trust me. A stalker can be someone who grows beans.  

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

If there was a drinking game set to "Greggo", you'd be trashed by 2:30 daily. 

Loved how Greggo said he's been as trashed many times like the dude that hit the guy while he was on X.  I was hoping he was going to clarify that he wasn't driving though.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

We've been around long enough to know how this is gonna go, it's just too bad we can't hyperlink our comments.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Maybe my info that Sonju was the GM is off. Either way, neither Norm nor Rick Sund went by the alias of Dick Motta. Nor did I get paid to write it even if I was wrong.

Robert
Robert

Norm Sonju built the franchise. Rick Sund put together the players and the team and go Rangers or something.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I have tried to listen on Sundays man and you hit the eff'n nail on the head he is all kinds of bad.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Hey, we kick RW in the nuts for mailing it in occasionally, but I would much rather read something that RW half-asses than anything that JJT puts his heart into.  In fact, want me to start listening to 105.3?  Just have JJT show up on the Ticket.  Has anyone tried to listen to his crap show on Sunday mornings?  I have.  Holy dog crap, it is bad.  Now I hear that JJT will be filling-in next week for Norm?  Who does 105.3 have on at that time?  Well, whoever it is will have one more listener next week.

You may be asking what this has to do with the topic at hand?  I have no idea.  I just wanted everyone to know how much I hate JJT.

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