One of the more quiet heroes of the Texas Rangers' season to date has been everyone's favorite bulldog in the rotation, Colby Lewis.
Pitching on yet another one-year deal (because the last few years should've probably been his last in baseball), Lewis just continues to show that he's the exception to the rule and continues to eat up innings despite a laundry list of surgeries he's come back from, including an unprecedented hip procedure.
Over the weekend in Houston, Lewis showed his valor once again in a win over the Astros — a fifth straight outing of seven innings with this one yielding zero in the run column. In fact, Lewis has just one outing this year that wasn't a quality start — pitching at least six innings and allowing no more than three earned runs.
But it was what Lewis didn't do in his final inning of work that was perhaps most impressive — he didn't get knocked down.
He took a rocket shot off the bat of Carlos Correa off his glove, and the back of his head, that bounced up in the air all the way behind second base. It was an out, and Lewis wasn't fazed, finishing the inning despite his teammates' obvious concern as they gathered around him.
Lewis is a man's man, and truthfully is the current Rangers' version of Nolan Ryan — the ageless wonder who continues to succeed and just seems like a larger-than-life barrel-chested figure you wouldn't want to charge the mound on.
Lewis takes the hill in Arlington on Wednesday aiming for his sixth straight start of at least seven innings, and you should cherish it, because it's pretty awesome to see him succeeding like this.