Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rangers in Go For It mode

T.R. Sullivan, who has been all over this like a fratboy on Jaeger, attributes the Rangers' trade for Pudge to needing a playoff veteran on the roster.

Nolan Ryan:
"We're excited to have Pudge. We're looking forward to having him, and he's excited about coming back. He brings experience, he's a veteran player and he's been in the postseason. He brings a lot."

Texas is 4.5GB of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the AL West lead, and one game up on the Boston Red Sox of Boston for the Wild Card lead. Amazingly, Pudge is an upgrade offensively over Rangers C1 Taylor Teagarden, who comes into tonight's game hitting .198/.264/.373 in 126 ABs. Seeing as how the Rangers have 24 guys who aren't of legal drinking age yet, it makes sense to have Playoff Story Time with Uncle Pudge in the clubhouse everyday at 3pm, when Pudge has his tea.