Red Sox legend Bill Buckner was at the Brick last night to meet fans and sign autographs. When my friend Dean got in line at aroun 6:30 he said the line stretched approximately 6 sections. No way I was going to wait in that, so I thought I was going to miss meeting Billy Buck. However, as luck would have it, my buddy Jake had gotten in line at 5:15 that night (for the 7:00 signing) and generously allowed me to join him as 5th in line! (Thank you!) BIlly Buck was really cool (thanks in part I am sure to Jason who vouched for me so thanks Jason!) and posed for a picture and shook my hand. I'm sure anyone watching us interract was amused. As all good Red Sox fans, I tend to revere Red Sox from my youth and use the words "oh my god" at least 10 times in any conversation with them! LOL It's funny because I had that same attitude with Kelly and it took forever to get over it. As I told a couple of you, it also reminded me of the time I met Mo Vaughn in Texas in 1999/2000 when he was with the Angels. While he was signing my cards I told him how glad I was to meet him and that he was one of my favorites when I was a kid. He stopped signing, looked me up and down, and said "that means I'm old." Still one of my favorite memories!
Bryan Corey made the spot start last night after the Rangers wanted scheduled starter Doug Mathis to only pitch 1 inning in case they need him later in the week. I know that is the purpose of a minor league team, but as a fan of the minor league team but not the major league team, it drives me crazy! Anyway, Kevin Millwood is scratched from his start on Monday with Dustin Nippert likely to get the start. They don't want to put Millwood on the DL and hope he'll be ready to go later this week. If someone doesn't hit the DL, Mathis can't go up until he has spent 10 days on the farm (which I think is later this week). Frankie Francisco is also likely to be activated this week which may make this a non-issue.
AJ Murray had a rough night, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in 1/3 of an inning. Of course, a misplay by Julio Borbon resulting in a 2 base error didn't help.
The Rangers lost to the Mariners last night, keeping them 2.5 games behind us in the wild card race. At least now I have a reason to root for them to lose, though I would rather it wasn't Tommy, Derek or Scott who take the loss. Anyone else is fair game though!
Ex-Hawk Nelson Cruz hit his 25th homer of the year last night for the Rangers. Remember when he was doing that for us?