As the Rangers headed west this week for their last road trip of the season, they engaged their rookies in an annual rite of baseball: Initiation.
For years they, ahem, persuade their newcomers to dress up on the flight. And this year the scene was particularly scary.
But no, it wasn’t the player dressed as a nurse. Or the guy in the diaper. Or the French maid’s costume. Not the Leprechaun. Or even all the garish wigs. Nope, it’s not the quality of outfits worn by Rangers’ rookies.
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It’s the quantity.
In a normal season Major League Baseball teams will have 5-10 rookies, even after September call-ups. But the Rangers? Would you believe 18? The injuries have taken a toll on the Rangers’ success, but also opened a lot of doors of opportunity for young players.
In case you haven’t been paying attention to this nightmarish season, that’s a third as many rookies as they have wins. In Oakland this week they could start a lineup of all rookies tonight, and do it with a totally separate rookie lineup tomorrow.
The bad news: The Rangers almost ran out of costume ideas.
The good news: Even in a disaster of a season, they’re still managing to smile.
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.