Bullets in the Chamber

Over the last month or so I’ve been saving links in a folder called ‘For Later’ with the intent of writing about them eventually. Well, tonight’s the night.
I’m going to be leaving town for a couple of months, so I’ll just fire everything off. You can sample it at your discretion.
Move the Dodguhs? – Our old friend Tom Van Riper wants to move the Dodgers back to Brooklyn to appease whatever fans they have left in NY. Then the Mets can be contracted and either the A’s or Rays can move to LA to take their place. When he’s not busy telling Seattle fans how unhappy they are, Van Riper comes up with other notions that make him seem just as foolish.
My suggestion is that we move every team back to their city of origin. The Dodgers & Giants can go back to New York. The Nationals move to Montreal. The Rangers and Twins both return to DC. The Brewers to Seattle. The A’s from Oakland to Kansas City to Philadelphia and the Braves from Atlanta to Milwaukee to Boston. Even the Yankees can migrate back to Baltimore, where they spent their first few seasons. Let’s not do anything half-way, Tom!
Par for Course – This is the kind of stuff you see far too often from ESPN. No respect. No journalistic integrity. Calling for someone’s job isn’t something I do very lightly, but this is unacceptable.
The Strange and the Stranger* – A list of the 50 strangest moments in Rangers history, from Robin Ventura & 10 Cent Beer Night to others much more obscure.
*This would be a good title for a novel, perhaps something about a quirky detective tracking down a woman’s husband…who isn’t her husband at all!
One Game Wonders – A list of 10 players that reached the majors, but only just. Each spent 1 game in The Show.
Couldn’t Think of a Snappy Headline – Here’s a list of each team, ranked by their owner’s commitment to (and success rate of) winning. Nolan and his cohorts come in 2nd after owning the team for less than a full season.
Another List – Grant Brisbee’s got some great lists at SB Nation and this week he ranks each team by their most annoying player, in order of how annoying they are. Brett Tomko** wins it for the Rangers.
**Can’t entirely disagree with his reasoning, but I wonder who might take the title were Tomko not on the team. CJ maybe? Or Wash?
Swapping Kila for Kila – A satire about fan overreaction and slumping ballplayers.
Oldtimers on Oldtimers – Every generation thinks they were the last great generation.
A Man of the People – Brandon Phillips visits an 8th grader’s game after a Twitter invite. This kind of stuff trumps anything that ever happens between the lines.
Every HOFer – I linked this a few weeks ago, I think, but it’s worth a 2nd look. A girl from Austin is drawing every player in Cooperstown.
…and that’s all. Happy summer.

About Mike Luna

My name is Mike. I am an avid fan of the Texas Rangers. I like reading and jogging, but I don't do either nearly as often as I should. I like writing about more than just baseball. Your opinion is your own, but please be respectful. Everyone is welcome in The Bleacher Seats.
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4 Responses to Bullets in the Chamber

  1. Some great articles.

    My favorite was the Brandon Phillips visiting the little league game. Great stuff!

    Enjoy your summer, Mike. We’ll miss you.

  2. Thanks for sharing all these links all of them looks great to me!!

  3. You need to start updating your blog again; at least until you go back to camp.

    I miss the Baseball perspective of Mike Luna!

  4. I think the Rangers should aggressively go for Pujols in the off-season. Moreland is good at first bace, but Pujols is great there AND he’s a fantastic hitter. As for pitching, they should continue to develop Lewis, Holland, Harrison, and Feldman. Sometime between April and July they can pick up another solid starter to enhance their rotation.

    If they have to give up CJ, I would be okay with that. While a good starter, he just can’t handle big games.

    These are my thoughts. What are yours?

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