After two World Series flirtations, being within one strike of a title and enduring last year’s late collapse in Game 5 of the ALDS, the Rangers needed to hear a pep talk from someone who has gotten over the hump.
But they settled for Tony Romo instead?
Okay, that was a low (accurate) blow. Recently the Cowboys’ quarterback who has never advanced to an NFC Championship spent some time chatting up the Rangers during a Winter workout. I’m sure it helped. Somehow.
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Right, Elvis Andrus?
“I was really excited to listen to what he was going say to the guys,” the shortstop said earlier this week in an interview on KRLD-FM. “I'm always open to keep learning. Sometimes when you've been playing for a little bit, sometimes guys they stop listening and trying to learn. I'm the opposite. If I can learn from somebody I will. He said a lot of good things, especially to the young guys but I can relate a lot of things in my career, especially right now, to what he's been through. I've asked quite a few questions to him, so it was actually really nice meeting to him.”
To be blunt, yeah, Andrus can indeed learn from Romo. There is, after all, a correlation between Romo fumbling a snap on a game-winning field goal and Andrus dropping a routine throw during a two-error 7th inning of the Rangers’ playoff elimination game in Toronto. No?
“It was my question, it was how did he deal if he has struggling season with him being the center of attention, him being the quarterback for the most popular team in America, which is the Cowboys,” Andrus said. “He just told me it's going to happen. He wished and he praid for everybody to have a career without having a bad year or a bad moment, but it doesn't define you as a player, it doesn't define you as an athlete and sometimes things are meant to happen. He said, 'What happened to you, I know what happened to you. I saw the game. I can relate to that. I know that's going to make you a better player. It has made you a better person right now. A lot of moments in your life are made to happen to make you step up’.”
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.