More from my girl Rapsody on a easy, breezy Sunday morning:
● I already wrote about 1,900 too many words on yesterday's game, so you don't get any recap links because, well, I'm too lazy to go find them. Take that, establishment!
Actually, I've taken the liberty of recapping the recaps: "JOSH HAMILTON OMG" and yeah that pretty much sums it up
● Tim MacMahon delves into the issue of the BUNTS, and brings in this interesting quote from Wash:
"I'm not worried about them putting Hamilton on the bag," Washington said. "I've got Beltre and Michael Young coming. They're quality hitters. They drive in runs and drive in big runs, so if they want to walk Hamilton, go ahead.
"If you look at the at-bats Hamilton had earlier in the game, they certainly weren't productive, so I wasn't worried about them walking Hamilton. I did what I had to do to get other guys up there and get a run closer to home plate."
The bolded part doesn't make much ense to me. That's all I have to say on that.
● Wash also speaks on the decision to pinch-hit Mike Napoli for Mitch Moreland, which stirred quite a bit of commotion up:
"Righty against a lefty," Washington said, explaining his reasoning as plain and simple as possible. "One swing of the bat and Nap can make a difference. I know Nap is struggling, but still, one swing of the bat and he can make a difference. I just took a chance to do it with a veteran and there he is."
● Jeff Wilson provides a pseudo update on the ongoing Jairo Beras investigation, which includes a strange comment about MLB investigating whether Beras is actually 18 years old, some talk of how the lack of closure here is hurting the Rangers where this year's J2 class is concerned, and Jon Daniels expressing his frustration at how the process has played out:
"What bothers me about this situation is I feel our international group should be recognized in the industry in a positive light, and because of the cloud around this, the opposite is true," Daniels said.
"It's clear we did nothing wrong here, and the league has confirmed that. If anything, our guys' due diligence shed light on a situation the industry was otherwise unaware of. I'm very proud of that department and how they go about their business."
● The Startlegram writes about a fast-approaching Jurickson Profar. Mike Heika writes about Yu Darvish gearing up to pitch in THE HEAT. Ron Washington says that talking about THE HEAT in the clubhouse is forbidden, and there's a mention in the same piece that Derek Holland was battling the same stomach bug afflicting Mike Napoli during his start on Friday.
● I've been hard on Evan Grant and his opinions quite a lot in the past, and Evan will probably give me cause to do so again in the future ... but it is my understanding that the reason why Evan isn't covering the team this weekend is because his father is close to passing away, and lest I ever come off as uncaring and callous, I wish Evan and his family all the best at a difficult time.