Has there ever been a better team player in the history of Metroplex sports?
Has there ever been a better team player in the history of Metroplex sports?

You Could Use Some ... Baseball?

Approximately 5,000 fans braved freezing temperatures and decades of losing at Saturday's Rangers Fan Fest in Arlington.

I was one of them.

The highlights:

*General manager Jon Daniels says he's recently talked to shortstop third baseman Michael Young and that their relationship is on the mend. "If we have a 15-year marriage with only four bad days in the middle, we'll be doing all right. Everything has worked out in the end."

*Daniels and owner Tom Hicks wined and dined free-agent pitcher Ben Sheets at the exclusive Dallas National Country Club last Wednesday night. No firm offer yet. I hear Sheets' balky right elbow is cause for pause, if not concern. And now - duh Duh DUh DUH - the Yankees are apparently interested. (Insert slumped shoulders.)

*Manager Ron Washington hasn't handed the closer's job to Frankie Francisco, but said he'll enter Spring Training No. 1 clearly ahead of No. 2 C.J. Wilson. "With C.J., we're going to take it slow," Washington said. Of course, Wilson doesn't do anything slow. Should be interesting.

*If Baseball America has a clue, the Rangers will be in the playoffs by 2011. Of the nine team to earn the magazine's No. 1-rated farm system this decade, each made the playoffs within two years.

*For what it's worth, Young was present. Elvis Andrus, however, was still in Venezuela.

*And for the record, it's "AUHN-drooce". At least that's what former pitcher/current Rangers' Spanish-language broadcaster Jose Guzman told me.

*Pitching prospect Blake Beavan may have quieted his cockiness. Or not. One of his teammates told me his Escalade SUV is equipped with a suede interior and the license plate, "K M UP 15."

*When I joked to Ian Kinsler that he'd make a nice 30/30 leadoff hitter, he didn't laugh. He had 18 homers and 26 stolen bases last season. Maybe.

*Loneliest place on Earth Saturday was center field's Shaved Ice hut.

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