Rangers-Rays Game Three, the Open Thread

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Inside the Trop earlier this afternoon, the calm before ... well, we shall see
As we make the slow transition to bringing sports back to Unfair Park, several have asked: Um, how 'bout a Rangers playoff liveblog or open thread? To which I say: Absofreakinlutely. I had hoped to bring Best of Dallas-winner Jamey Newberg, namesake of The Newberg Report and the man to whom I traded all my Carl Yastrzemskis cards for a Steve Garveys rookie in 1978, along for the ride. But Jamey had to bow out: He's actually at the Trop for Game Three.

But Jamey and I have been swapping texts throughout the day, and he does have some thoughts worth sharing on today's duel between 12-13 David Price and 14-10 Colby Lewis, the latter of whom was the only Rangers starter go undefeated in last year's post-season play. Oh, Jamey?
A quick thought on Rays going with John Jaso behind the plate rather than Game 1 hero Kelly Shoppach: Not only is Jaso a left-handed hitter (with righty Lewis going for Texas), but he's also caught David Price more this year than Shoppach has, and Price's ERA with Jaso is slightly better than with Shoppach.

Rays apparently haven't sold out tomorrow's Game 4 yet. Season will be on the line for one team or the other. I feel bad for the organization, which does a Grade A job in every phase and is easy to pull for.

For those counting on C.J. Wilson getting a chance to prove something at home in a Game 5: Think Price may not have something to prove today too?

Wash sees Nelson Cruz taking better passes at the ball, not chasing pitches as much. The skipper said during his afternoon press conference Cruz had to face some of best pitchers in AL when he came back from hamstring, which made finding rhythm tough at the start. Feels he's about to break out. Says Wash: "We're hyped up, we're excited, but this year we've learned how to keep it inside of us. We know we have a job to do. We're very confident. I don't see nerves."
We'll see. First pitch is moments away. To the comments we go.

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Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Chock full of basebally goodness here, even on a next-day reread.

My kind of team, Charlie. My kind of team.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Great success. Let's do it again in 5 hours.

Nick R.
Nick R.

Agreed. To quote Bill Murray: I love this plan, I'm excited to be a part of it

Rangers100
Rangers100

Wasn't here during the game but fun to read the comments afterwards. Good work, folks. Baseballball.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Welp, judging from the comments.. This is either a JWP opened up a combination Krispy Kreme/In and Out Burger or SPORTS are payed attention to by the people, post. Mmmmmmmmm...donutburger!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

And now you're gonna make me think all that redistricting stuff was for nothing.

Actually, to be honest, I've always believed Unfair Park is at its best when it's a little everything: politics, sports, music, crime, education, movies -- the whole general-interest mess. Which is why it's always bummed me out each time we splinter off another topic into another blog. I like writing about all of it, and I think people like reading about all of it in one place. I'm no longer Music Guy or City Hall Man, but all of it interests me, engages me and impacts me, and I don't like getting slotted. So now we have sports back here; I hate how it happened, because I did like Richie and the ruckus he raised, even when I thought what he was saying wasn't very sound at times (really, that whole paternity thing escapes me). But we'll make do. We have to. I want to.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Love you Bobbo, love the music stuff..love the breaking sporty news stuff..and any JWP panty pics...didn't think Richie was worth a damn for the last year or so..do think the Rangers have been good for the last 2 1/2 years..I like Wash's baseball gut sometimes (when Oli isn't involved) and I think the heater is good! Good night Jonboy.

My live blog/tweeting will be from the metropolis of Cresson manana, if'n any of y'all can make it..brisket nachos and cold beera..with a little Harry mixed in.

primi timpano
primi timpano

Do you get to suspend and expel students?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Yes -- they have to spend the day writing Unfair Park items.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

I'll be here. I think Ian's going to inscribe a game-winning RBI into the book of life tomorrow.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

To all who played along, that was a hell of a thing. I'm open to doing this again tomorrow, though it'll be a little more difficult being a 1 p.m. start time -- and me, I have to do a principal for a day thing at my old elementary, FP Caillet, beginning first bell. But if you wanna play ball, let me hear from ya. Again, thanks.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Do it again, I missed it bc I went to a bar, but reading through this took me through the same emotions again that I had last night.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Fo sho. This will be in my work wheelhouse so I'll be tuned in.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Yes, please. I'll be able to play along more tomorrow.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

I expect some of us will be around. The commentariat will likely be represented. Refugees in search of shelter. Have fun with the kiddos tomorrow. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I also jumped so high I hit my head on the ceiling fan. Fairly sure I've been unconscious for the last minute.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Dang right! Around the horn! My nerves would have appreciated it if DO and Adams had not made it get all interesting.

primi timpano
primi timpano

Nice play by the infield.  Dinner time with the yankees and tigers.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

So THAT'S what it sounds like when I scream like a girl.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Forget about the curveball, Ricky. Give'm the heater.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I called game when Robert had to go inside...and Oli came in..

#baseballgeniusiare

dt&ot
dt&ot

Good one Tone.  Exactly what was said in this house and probably 10,000 more.  Give'm the heater.

primi timpano
primi timpano

Foul line commentary is asinine with a hard fastball pitcher

primi timpano
primi timpano

I wish Feliz could pitch a lot more and throw a little bit less.

primi timpano
primi timpano

But God Bless 100mph fastballs

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

My son just said: "Ninth inning, finally." Remember when we were talking about how fast this game was going?

primi timpano
primi timpano

Yeah.  Makes you think in hindsight both teams may have gotten an extra quality inning from the starters.

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