From the reeling Rangers, into the heart – and onto the brink – of a World Series.
Yep, July 16 was a pretty good day for Jason Frasor.
The first man out of the Rangers’ bullpen for half of the baseball season, Frasor was dealt to the Royals when it appeared the season was lost and it was time to salvage and maximize some assets.
With Frasor becoming a free agent after the season, the move made total sense for Texas. The Rangers acquired reliever Spencer Patton, who went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 25 strikeouts and only three walks at Triple-A Round Rock. But Frasor had a far more exciting change of scenery.
He went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA for Kansas City down the stretch, then won the key Wild Card game against the A’s and won another in the ALCS. He’s appeared in three World Series games against the Giants, including a scoreless inning in last night’s 10-0 rout that set up tonight’s Game 7.
The series has certainly had superlatives, but not much drama. Amazingly, the margins of victory have been 6, 5, 7, 6 and 10 runs, with only Game 3’s 3-2 Royals’ win considered a nail-biter.
Tonight baseball will crown a champion. And it just might include a former Ranger.
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 currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.