An Ode to Kitten Face, AKA Craig Gentry, Upon His Devastating Trade to Oakland

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Craig Gentry spreads Kitten Face Cheer in a local hospital.
I don't even know where to begin, so let's start at the beginning. Today the Texas Rangers traded Josh Lindblom and Craig Gentry to the Oakland A's for outfielder/native Texan Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick. Objectively speaking, this looks like a solid trade for both teams. Why? I don't know. That's just what the smart people tell me.

But I'm a Craig Gentry fan, and I don't care if this is a "solid" trade. I've always been a Rangers fan and watched as many games as I could, no matter how badly they sucked. But as the Rangers began their surge in 2010, I and many other fans began live-tweeting the games (@tweetgrubes, for those of you that aren't already following me). With a core of people like @sbass1310, @newbergreport, @shutdowninning, and @emilyjonesmccoy among many others, a Rangers community all its own began forming.

Inside jokes were started. Pictures of funny moments were uploaded. Amazing conversations, both serious and goofy (mostly goofy), were had. And one of the catalysts (pun intended) was the emergence of Craig Gentry as a Twitter favorite. While watching the Rangers one evening with Sean Bass, I made an offhand comment to the effect of "Craig Gentry, with his thick beard, looks kind of a like a cat." Sean giggled and agreed. That was all the confirmation I needed to tweet it out, and within minutes Gentry's nickname, Kitten Face, was established.

He wasn't the greatest player in Rangers history, but he quickly became a fan favorite, mostly due to his elite speed and defense but at least a little bit due to the nickname. Any time Gentry did anything in a game, good or bad, everyone tweeted about Kitten Face. It was silly and childish, but the fact that he (reluctantly) embraced it added a personal touch for a lot of fans and made them root for him just a little harder.

I'm excited about this Rangers season, but I can't deny a little of the charm of the last few seasons won't be there.

I love you, Kitten Face. Even if you're not a Ranger, I will continue to enjoy you running the bases all nimbly bimbly no matter what colors you wear.

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mimi.d.reynolds
mimi.d.reynolds

I'm going to miss Gentry . . another one of my favorites gone.  Will be tough to see him doing for the A's what he used to do for the Rangers too many times during the season!


Hope he finally gets a chance to play full time.  


Good luck to the Gent!  

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

My leader, @tweetgrubes  , did more for Gentry than anyone has ever done for anything (that point can't be disproven/proven)  So funny to see Kittenface embrace it, wore the shirt..answered questions about it..We'll miss ya KF, but time doesn't stand still at the BPIA. 

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

The Rangers have gotten rid of all of their fan favorite white guys - Murphy, Gentry, Kinsler, Nathan, A.J. Pyrsynski ! Let's see how that goes over - must mean Keith Moreland is on his way out too!

HipsterDumpster
HipsterDumpster

how about a picture where the guy actually looks like a cat..perhaps from his pre-baseball run playing Mr. Mistoffelees on Broadway.

dingo
dingo

Choice has the upside in the outfield that Murphy lost and hits consistently against left/right. Choice will be pulled for Engel Beltre for late inning defense. 

The deal makes sense as the Rangers need more pop to go with the speed they still have left on this team.


MargaretHuntHill
MargaretHuntHill

If Grubes isn't immediately given a regular column on Unfair Park, I'm cancelling my subscription.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

the rangers hate cat, first PUSS now kittenface

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

IMHO, the most exciting Ranger to watch.  His blistering speed paid handsomely on the bases and in the field.  Great glove work.  He will be missed a lot.

MBM99
MBM99

Love me some Grubes, love me some Gentry, but holy fucking shit did I get sick of the Kitten Face nickname.  I know we all like to just beat a dead horse forever and ever, but that one out-lived it's mild funnyness quickly.  

I'm sure this is not a popular opinion, but fuck it, I have my own Ranger nicknames.

wnredman
wnredman

Grubes. You just made me tear up.

leftocenter
leftocenter

The off-season trades are devastating for the female fans...first hottie Kinsler and now kitten face? 

Better get some eye candy or else have some 20 game winners and a 100 win season.

greggo
greggo

Exactly…I mean

Grubes
Grubes

@MargaretHuntHill Haha. Technically I can write pretty much whenever I want...I just don't have much to offer beyond the Rangers!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@MBM99 Dude, it's a long, long season with some long games. The twitter community makes it a lot more fun, and as Grubes said it makes it like watching games with your friends. He has had his hits and misses with nicknames, but they really do add to the fun. Some catch on, some don't (I still liked the Sean Bass NC-17 nickname that never really did).

It's all just fun, I'd rather screw around on twitter than see my 15,000th commercial telling me DQ is what I like about Texas or Angie Stevens with Grand Prarie Ford. Then there is always Cholula, the flavorful hot sauce with the iconic wooden cap.

polifrus1
polifrus1

@MBM99 Maybe you should have found something else to do with your time then.  We all who LOVE Kitten Face, enjoyed it. Go somewhere else where your dirty mouth is wanted

Grubes
Grubes

@MBM99 I would never deny it became overdone. But the beauty of Twitter is that, for the most part, you can avoid most of whatever annoys you by unfollowing/turning off retweets. I tweet what I want to tweet, and if people like it, great. If not, that's cool too. Just unfollow.

I know the nickname bit kinda became my "thing" but I hope I (or my followers) was never a bully to anyone if they chose to call players something else or nothing at all. The important thing to me is people feeling like they're watching the games with their friends, even when they're alone. As silly as it sounds, I'm really proud to be a (small) part of creating such a fun atmosphere.

Anyway, sorry it annoyed you so much.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@P1Gunter Your DQ line actually made me laugh out loud. Commercials during baseball games are the only ones that ever seem to work on me. I guess when you see 8 Whataburger commercials during a 9 inning game for the new avocado burger it shouldn't make you feel weak or fat when you find yourself at the drive thru ordering one of those motherfuckers.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Touché. But can he play COF, 1b or C?

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