Chicago White Sox

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    June 11, 2013

    Star-Telegram Cites Fake News Story as Proof Graduation Speeches Should Be Censored

    When Joshua ISD officials cut off Remington Reimer's valedictory speech, we thought it unlikely that it had anything to do with his mention of God. After all, district officials didn't seem concerned later in the ceremony when another student delivered a prayer, punctuated by a lengthy recitation of ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    In the World Series Match-Up Between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Don't Dismiss the Impact of Tony La Russa

    St. Louis CardinalsTony La Russa on the field at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon.​For whatever reason, my relationship with baseball went from casual to deeply committed bordering on obsessive during the 1986 baseball season. Like most kids growing up in North Texas, my father taught me to l ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Heritage to Sell a Dallas Eagles Jersey. So Let's Talk to an Ex-Eagle Turned Revered AL Scout.

    ​Just got off the phone with a gentleman who's also keeping an eye on Texas-Detroit: Alex Cosmidis. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is pulling for the Tigers -- surprising, since Cosmidis once played baseball in Dallas and in Fort Worth, first as an Eagle in 1955 and '56, then as a Cat th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Moneyball's Jonah Hill Is Looking Forward to Finally Meeting the Real Ron Washington

    ​What you see here, courtesy his Twitter account, is Jonah Hill throwing out the first pitch at yesterday's Chicago White Sox game at US Cellular Field. When we spoke a little while ago at his Uptown hotel, he insisted: The stands were empty because it was a day game, and because it was raining. " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    For Sale, From the Sport Magazine Archives, a Photo of the Texas League's Dallas Steers in '37

    ​While I finish transcribing a bit of summer-school homework forthcoming, allow me to direct your attention to this eBay find sent my way by Friend of Unfair Park PeterK: an original from-the-archives photo of the 1937 Dallas Steers, who played at Gardner Park (or Steers Park as it was known befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Well, That Didn't Take Long: Welcome Back, Josh and Nelson

    ​Yesterday I surmised that the Rangers' offense would suddenly improve with the returns of sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. But not me -- nor even Texas -- thought it would happen that fast. Or that far. Fresh off the disabled list, Hamilton homered in his first at-bat and Cruz ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Ten Items Worth a Look-See: Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers and Fox News Pundit Says Michael Vick "Should Have Been Executed"

    The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.​10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Let's Get This DH Situation Addressed: Rangers Should Re-Sign Vladdy or Risk Getting Worse

    Sam MertenVladimir Guerrero​While the Texas Rangers waited for Cliff Lee to make up his mind, the best options to fill the team's hole at designated hitter flew off the board. The Chicago White Sox snatched up the two best fits, re-signing Paul Konerko for three years at $12.5 million per season a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Dear Santa: Please Put a World Series MVP Under the Tree. Pretty Please?

    Matt Garza's widely considered to be the best starter available, but could a better pitcher be had for the right price?​It's almost Christmas, and the Texas Rangers haven't done anything to address the hole in the rotation left behind when Cliff Lee signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Barack Obama and Our Most Athletic Presidents

    ​Wasn't exactly Cortland Finnegan vs. Andre Johnson, but The Prez got into a scuffle last Friday. On the basketball court. With an elbow. Barack Obama received 12 stitches to a cut on his lower lip after an errant elbow during a pick-up game by Rey Decerega, the Director of Programs for ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010
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    August 9, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Meandering Toward the AL West or Charging Toward AL Home-Field Advantage?

    ​How you looking at your Texas Rangers these days? A) Despite Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland A's they're playing well enough to maintain a comfy cushion in the American League West, holding a 7.5 games lead with only 51 games remaining. B) They were held to two or fewer runs five times on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    As Rangers Look to Add Another Game to Division Lead Tonight, a Reminder of the Architect of This Surprising Bunch

    Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus​As Richie mentions in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, the Texas Rangers could be headed toward their winningest season in franchise history, as they nabbed their 50th win of the season last night and increased their lead to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    The Top 5 Uniforms in the History of Your Texas Rangers

    ​The Texas Rangers broke a four-game losing streak last night with a 9-6 walloping of the Chicago White Sox. But they didn't look good doing it. I know those white beanies atop their head were special Memorial Day caps, but in a word ... Godawful. The Colonial the other day had a pink out. Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.30.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to pay our last respects to the 2010 Dallas Mavericks. In life, they were an entertaining bunch. Fun. Fast. Full of energy and entertainment. But i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Snow Balls: Not Surprised Dennis Gilbert Leads Pack of Potential Rangers Owners

    Dennis Gilbert​Dennis Gilbert's emergence as the "surprise favorite" to shag Your Texas Rangers, as Sports Illustrated puts it this morning, is no surprise to the Friends of Unfair Park who took a break from Thanksgiving break and stopped by Friday. Former New York Times baseball writer Murray Cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Sure, Tom Hicks Wants to Keep the Rangers, But Will MLB Let That Happen? Doubtful.

    ​There's at least one person reading Unfair Park this morning: the Friend who sends along this piece by longtime New York Times baseball columnist Murray Chass, who wrote on Wednesday that now way in hell should Tom Hicks be able to sell Your Texas Rangers to Tom Hicks. Writes Chass, Hicks is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Rangers, Hicks Continue to Speed Date Would-Be Buyers. This Week: Dennis Gilbert.

    Dennis Gilbert​Last month, the Startlegram outed former Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco agent Dennis Gilbert as a would-be buyer of Your Texas Rangers, which the Beverly Hills-based Gilbert wouldn't confirm at the time. That made sense: He's still in pro ball (he reviews contracts for the Chicago Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    The Closer

    For the first time in a long time, your Rangers have a better option than Kyra Sedgwick​After Friday's monumental, six-run implosion in a gut-wrenching loss to the Boston Red Sox, I heard lots of calls for Frankie Francisco's job - if not his head. But give Texas Rangers' manager Ron W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    The Top 10 Most Athletic Presidents in U.S. History

    A taller, more liberal Avery Johnson? Obama vs. McCain? Let’s see, McCain is a Phoenix Suns fan who played junior varsity football in high school and boxed in the Navy. Eh. Obama is a White Sox fan who threw out the first pitch in Chicago before Game 2 of the ’05 ALCS. He led Occiden ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008
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    September 16, 2008
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    June 19, 2008

    Ask A Mexican

    Fanatics tend to be rude, no matter where they're from—except maybe St. Louis

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Ask the General Manager

    We can think of a million questions for Jon Daniels, none of which we'd care to repeat in public at the moment. Got any questions for Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels? And, no, "How do you keep your job?" is not acceptable in this instance -- at least, not if you want your question used on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    George Bush Really Focused on Things That Matter -- Like, Oh, Michael Young, Maybe?

    This morning, the Washington Post goes inside the mind of George W. Bush -- and finds that it's a very cold and lonely place. Seems the man's not terribly interested in talking politics these days; he prefers spending his time with "authors, historians, philosophers and theologians" with whom he con ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2007
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    June 7, 2007

    Cheaters Never Win?

    Don't whisper a word to the children, but hell yeah, of course they do

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2007

    The Rangers are No Hit. Literally.

    "Going through a big-league lineup three times without anyone getting a hit -- that's pretty impossible." So said Chicago White Sox leftie Mark Buehrle moments after beautifully blanking Your Texas Rangers last night, throwing a no-hitter that was one fifth-inning walk away from being pitch-perfect. ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Play It Again, Sammy

    Can the Rangers' oldest rookie leave his diva days behind and deliver?

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    March 26, 2007

    So Here's To You, Mr. Robinson

    Robinson Tejeda will pitch Your Texas Rangers' home opener in a few days. The Rangers' pitching staff looks decent -- which, putting it in perspective, means it's as good as any time since the late 1990s. Kevin Millwood's a workhorse ace. Vicente Padilla is a bulldog. And newcomer Brandon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    The Texas Rangers: By Disappointing, They Do Not Disappoint

    Diamond in the rough: Formerly a Rangers pitching-prospect great, Thomas Diamond will now miss the entire 2007 season. It wasn't so long ago that Thomas Diamond, Edinson Volquez and John Danks were going to be the one-two-three punch of the Texas Rangers' pitching rotation. They even had their own n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    Sounds Like Richie Could Use Some Baseball

    Ron Washington has us all very excited about the Rangers this season. Which means, of course, they'll still suck. But we'll be excited about it. You'll have to wait until 6 tonight on TNT to find out if Josh Howard joins Dirk Nowitzki as an NBA All-Star. And you'll have to wait until next week to le ... More >>

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    December 27, 2006

    Danks For Nuthin'

    Adios, John Danks, we hardly knew ya. No, seriously. We don't even know if this is a picture of John Danks. We're just taking a shot in the dark here. I'd swear during baseball's winter meetings earlier this month I heard Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels say something to the effect of, "Bla ... More >>

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    August 23, 2006

    Robert Hoffman's Legacy

    Yesterday, we posted the story about how Robert Hoffman--local philanthropist, art collector and the civic leader behind The Dallas Plan--helped start National Lampoon when he was in his early 20s. Hoffman, as you know doubt know by now, died Sunday at the age 59 from acute myelogenous leukemia, wit ... More >>

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    June 6, 2006

    Gossage a Ranger! Well, Different One.

    My old baseball-card-tradin' pal Jamey Newberg, author of the beloved and essential Newberg Report, passes along the following missive regarding the Texas Rangers' draft-day doings. Yeah, I know--who knew the MLB was having its draft today? Well, Jamey did, which is why Unfair Park allows him free a ... More >>

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    April 17, 2006

    Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    The Texas Rangers have played 13 games. It's the equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys having just gone into overtime in their season opener. So should those of us who care about the local baseball team be as miserable after the 5-8 start, especially before the just-concluded trip to Oakland, as the loca ... More >>

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    The Curse of Sucking

    Is this the year the Texas Rangers finally...? Nah.

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2005
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    September 16, 2004

    Cheer Up

    Rangers fans must remember this: It coulda been worse

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    October 2, 2003


    It's Greek to us

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    Texas Twister

    Cowboys and Texans kick off

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    July 10, 2003

    Q & Eh

    Plus: Man Crush; I Already Miss the Sumbitch

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Creatures of Bad Habit

    Have we lost the art of drinking?

  • Film

    September 13, 2001

    Covering the Bases

    Hardball hits a few foul, but it's not all bad news

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    A bush league of their own

    Long before the Texas Rangers, major-league baseball was played in Dallas by a minor-league team called the Dallas Eagles

  • Culture

    April 9, 1998

    Breaking balls

    Opening week proved the Rangers can be the best and worst team in baseball

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Getting to first base

    Everyone's a contender during spring training, but can Will Clark and the Texas Rangers come back from last season's disappointments?

  • Culture

    March 5, 1998

    Stopped short

    Kevin Elster was through with baseball once, but it was not finished with him

  • Culture

    February 5, 1998

    Stealing home

    Tom Hicks bought a baseball team, but he'll own an empire

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Damned Rangers

    The Texas Rangers better win the pennant this year, if only to atone for subjecting fans to two decades of baseball hell. Mike Shropshire chronicles the team's cursed early years in an exclusive Observer excerpt.

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