The Punch Heard ‘Round The World

By Derek Reed
PSDC Texas Rangers Expert

The date was August 4, 1993. The Chicago White Sox vs the Texas Rangers. Robin Ventura at the plate. Nolan Ryan on the mound. Ventura takes a heater from the Ryan Express off the back of his right shoulder. He pauses for a second. Contemplates his next move. Then the 26-year old Ventura tosses his bat and helmet down and runs toward the mound. A mound occupied by the 46-year old legend and Texas icon. A headlock and several uppercuts later, and Ranger fans had a moment that is still talked about to this day.

That memory was one-of-a-kind. But, now it doesn’t stand alone.

Flash forward to Sunday afternoon. The Toronto Blue Jays vs the Texas Rangers. Jose Bautista at the plate. Matt Bush, making his second Major League appearance, on the mound. A 97-mph fastball glances off Bautista’s elbow and hits him in the ribs.

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A hard slide and a straight right hand to the jaw later, and another moment in Texas Ranger history is born. And it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

Jose Bautista is a talented player. He plays the game hard. He plays with intensity. But, he also comes across as a prima donna. A whiner. A selfish person. And after Sunday, all bark and no bite. [Read more…]

2013 MLB Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Writer

O Canada!

You know it well, our polite neighbors to the north that have given us maple syrup, hockey, Bryan Adams, and the McKenzie brothers. Okay, okay I admit that Quebec did unleash the scourge of Celine Dion onto the world but those crazy francophones have already tried to leave Canada on more than one occasion so we’ll just ignore them for the sake of this article. In the great traditions of LaBatt Blue, Pam Anderson, and Nickelback, you can now count competitive baseball as the latest thing flying the Maple Leaf to take America, or at least the American League, by storm.

Oh! Canada?

By all accounts Toronto is poised to be a serious contender for the next few years in the AL East.  Yes, this is the same franchise that faded down the stretch last season to finish two games ahead of last place after injuries and inconsistent pitching wreaked havoc on a strong start.  After yet another season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos (there, I said your damn words) pulled his best George Steinbrenner and spent the money necessary to potentially book a trip to October baseball this year. In one brash and risky move the Blue Jays pilfered the Marlins so bad that the Department of Homeland Security was investigating how a bunch of Canadians pulled off one of the most lopsided acquisitions in baseball history.

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