Fergie Jenkins to Pitch at Ballpark Tonight. Jim Sundberg to Catch. Really.
Jamey Newberg sends word this afternoon that should you be heading to the Rangers Ballpark tonight to see Texas take on Tampa Bay -- and, really, why would you be doing such a thing? -- there's actually something kinda neat taking place before the first pitch. Jamey suggests getting there early for the Rangers Alumni Legacy Baseball Game, which starts at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to last some 45 minutes -- sounds perfect already. (It was scheduled to be a softball showdown, but Jamey just updated with the good news: The ball, among other things, will be hard.)
But it gets better. Among those scheduled to play? Get ready, as Mr. Newberg sent 'em alphabetically: Doyle Alexander, Mike Bacsik Sr., Kevin Belcher, Rich Billings, Mark Brandenburg, Steve Buechele, Dave Chalk, Tim Crabtree, Bill Fahey, Ted Ford, Jeff Frye, Jim Gideon, Rusty Greer, Larry Hardy, Donald Harris, Dave Hostetler, Fergie Jenkins, Frank Lucchesi, Mark McLemore, Roger Moret, Mike Munoz, Jim Norris, Luis Ortiz, Claude Osteen, Geno Petralli, Horacio Pina, Jeff Russell, Scott Sheldon, Mike Simms, Dan Smith, Dan Stanhouse, Ken Suarez, Jim Sundberg, John Wetteland and Bobby Witt. I got $20 that says this, ahem, veteran lineup could give Tom Hicks' boys a very, very good game. --Robert Wilonsky