The thermometer reached the 30s today, and I truly began to believe that spring was on the way. Heck, I was ready to break out the short sleeves and sandals! Baseball is just around the corner, and these warmer temperatures are only helping me get in the mood for it.
Speaking of warmth, what’s wrong with the picture below?
Is that Vicente Padilla? Is he actually smiling? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this guy smile before. Has his attitude really changed as so many articles have stated? I sure hope so. I think Padilla has the potential to be a great pitcher for this team, but his career with the Rangers (and baseball in general) has been marred by what appears to be a negative attitude and a penchant for plunking batters. I know I’m not the only one who grew tired of that. And I’m certainly not the only one hoping he’s honestly changed. If he’s going to remain on our roster (and he probably will given the lack of available starting pitchers), I hope he has sincerely turned a new leaf.
The Rangers will play their first exhibition game next week. You better believe I’ll be doing all I can to keep up with the game on my computer at work. It will be interesting to see what lineup Wash throws out there and how the guys play.
I enjoyed an article in today’s FW Star-Telegram about the Rangers’ tattoos. I think hearing the story behind peoples’ body art is fascinating. I agree with most of the guys who said it has to mean something. I actually have two tattoos — a star and flame on my lower back and a treble clef and eighth notes on the inside of my left ankles. Obviously, the latter symbolizes my love for music. The former is also music-related, but is a bit less obvious. My next tat (yes, I want one) is going to be something baseball or Rangers related, but I haven’t decided on the artwork yet. I probably won’t get it until summer anyway, so I’ve got some time. Maybe those guys could offer some suggestions.