Rangers Pepper 8/22: Haters Gonna Hate, Cruising Minus Cruz, and Still A Baseball Town

“#RangersThoughts” on Twitter can be seen by following me @dfwfanconnect, but those thoughts evolve every few days from 140 characters into what I have dubbed as “Rangers Pepper”. Baseball is fun, but reading is even more fun, so before you dig into the Pepper, exercise your funny bone and take a gander at what comedians and librarians can accomplish when they combine forces: Taking Care...

August 22nd, 2013 by Dustin 

Rangers Pepper 8/6: Life After Cruz

“#RangersThoughts” on Twitter can be seen by following me @dfwfanconnect, but those thoughts evolve every few days from 140 characters into what I have dubbed as  “Rangers Pepper”. How do you follow up a 6-1 stretch that has launched your team back into the pennant race? If you’re the Rangers, you do so by attempting to replace your team leader in homers and RBI who just got popped with...

August 6th, 2013 by Dustin 

Decoding Scheppers’ Season

It was a sunny afternoon in Surprise, and my wife and I were taking in the second of four games we would see during our third pilgrimage to Texas Rangers Spring Training. It was the bottom of the eighth, and I had convinced my bride to postpone a trip to the fan shop in center field because I wanted to see Mike Olt’s one at bat of the contest. As Olt launched a Travis Webb pitch into the left field...

August 4th, 2013 by Dustin 

Rangers Pepper 7/29: Wash and Johnny, Fun With Math

Green Grass And Expectations - The year was 2001. I was a freshman in college, and the Texas Rangers has just finished a horribly disappointing 71-91 campaign as a follow up to winning the AL West for the third time in four years the previous season. It began to sleet as I made the drive up 35 in my O’Reilly Auto Parts delivery vehicle while listening to “The Hardline” talk about another subpar...

July 29th, 2013 by Dustin 

Rangers Pepper 7/24: Strike Zone Thoughts, Garza For Olt Breakdown, Garza Vs. RBiA

“#RangersThoughts” on Twitter can be seen by following me @dfwfanconnect, but those thoughts evolve every few days from 140 characters into what I have dubbed as  “Rangers Pepper”. Last night sucked, but today is a new day and new Rangers pitcher Matt Garza takes the mound. To add to the sunshine, last night sucked for the Athletics also. Enjoy the Pepper!: Squeezed And Peeved - Joe Nathan...

July 24th, 2013 by Dustin 

Rangers Pepper 7/10: Free Perez; Trade Bait Shortage

“#RangersThoughts” on Twitter can be seen by following me @dfwfanconnect, but those thoughts evolve every few days from 140 characters into what I have dubbed as  “Rangers Pepper”. Since taking 3 of 4 from the Athletics in mid-June, the Rangers have gone 12-5 and their win last night over the O’s mean they will have won or split 5 of the last 6 series played. Sadly for Texas, Oakland has...

July 10th, 2013 by Dustin 

Rangers Pepper 7/3: Grimm Breakdown, All Star Vacancy, Manny Ram…Wait WHAT?

  “#RangersThoughts” on Twitter can be seen by following me @dfwfanconnect, but those thoughts evolve every few days from 140 characters into what I have dubbed as  “Rangers Pepper”. The Pepper has been sparse over the last few weeks as my attention was diverted to the impending NBA free agent market. While I was breaking down mercenaries that Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson plan to court,...

July 3rd, 2013 by Dustin 

Dallas Mavericks Free Agent Targets: Center

It has been a quick and graceless fall for the Dallas Mavericks since they shocked the Big Three and the world in the summer of 2011. Only Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion remain from the roster that won the NBA Championship, and there is a chance that Dirk is the only holdover left standing come Opening Night 2013. Mark Cuban has promised that he and Donnie Nelson will put a title contending team together...

June 30th, 2013 by Dustin 

Dallas Mavericks Free Agent Targets: Power Forward

It has been a quick and graceless fall for the Dallas Mavericks since they shocked the Big Three and the world in the summer of 2011. Only Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion remain from the roster that won the NBA Championship, and there is a chance that Dirk is the only holdover left standing come Opening Night 2013. Mark Cuban has promised that he and Donnie Nelson will put a title contending team together...

June 26th, 2013 by Dustin 

Dallas Mavericks Free Agent Targets: Small Forward

It has been a quick and graceless fall for the Dallas Mavericks since they shocked the Big Three and the world in the summer of 2011. Only Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion remain from the roster that won the NBA Championship, and there is a chance that Dirk is the only holdover left standing come Opening Night 2013. Mark Cuban has promised that he and Donnie Nelson will put a title contending team together...

June 23rd, 2013 by Dustin