It wasn’t as funny as Beyonce almost busting her divine derriere. It wasn’t as weird as PuppyMonkeyBaby. And it was even the wrong sport, a slice of baseball crow-barred into football’s ultimate game.
Nonetheless, the Rangers’ 30-second commercial during Super Bowl 50 got us amped for spring training. And more.
The spot featured manager Jeff Banister, raising a toast to his team in the clubhouse after clinching the AL West in September.
“Here’s one to ya,” he says. “We ain’t done yet.”
Never mind that Mavs owner Mark Cuban uttered that same phrase after his team’s win in the 2011 Western Conference Finals and en route to the NBA title. Never mind that watching DeMarcus Ware win a trophy invoked the same, bittersweet feelings we had when Pudge Rodriguez was cut by the Rangers only to win a ring in Florida. And never mind that this morning’s bone-jarring wind chill isn’t exactly sprouting images of our national pastime.
The Rangers’ commercial was a happy, hope-infused dose of baseball. And even during the Super Bowl, it felt just right.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.