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  • News

    January 23, 2014

    Mike Bacsik's Radio Rebirth

    After Tweeting his way into infamy, former pitcher and sports-talker Mike Bacsik is getting a second chance. Does he deserve one?

  • News

    October 31, 2013

    Be Proud, Chihuahuas

    The little dog is a fine metaphor, if not the best baseball team name.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Chef Nicole Van Camp: Texas Weather Can Make Bringing the Farm to the Table Hard

    When Nicole Van Camp was 15 years old, she decided to become a vegetarian based on the grounds of animal cruelty. But she lived in highly carnivorous Carrollton. Unless she wanted to starve, she had to learn to cook. She quickly fell in love with her new life-sustaining hobby. And although she learn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    If Signing Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder Are Mutually Exclusive, The Texas Rangers Might Be Better Off If Darvish Returns to Japan

    As Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline nears in the negotiations between the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish, the most significant hang-up is reportedly the 25-year-old's request for a five-year contract and the team's preference for a six-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Understandably, Dar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    You Don't See These Auctioned Off Every Day: Signed Dallas Eagles Balls, From '55 and '57

    ​I almost hate to tell you about this auction; I'd like these balls all to myself ... wait, that didn't come out right. But I've been watching 'em for the past, oh, week or so, and the prices aren't climbing like they oughta for such rare commodities as these: signed baseballs from the 1955 and '5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Do The Wash: 12 Songs We're Pretty Sure Ron Washington Hears In His Head During Games

    World Series fever has pretty much taken over around these parts again. And for good reason: Having the hometown team participate in the Fall Classic in back to back years is somewhat of a rare treat -- especially for a team that, until recent years, had been as perennially bad as our own Texas Rang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2011

    Stealing the Mojo: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersIan Kinsler completes the best defensive play I've seen in my 25 years watching the Fall Classic -- a diving stop by Elvis Andrus and flip to Kinsler with his glove to end the fifth inning of Game 2. Just spectacular athleticism displayed by Andrus.​If you've read my piece about S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Rangers: 2 Losses 2 Trades = Better Team

    Newest Ranger Mike Adams​Your Rangers lost two of three in Toronto over the weekend, and came out of it a distinctly better team. How's that? Texas was handcuffed by (again) Brett Cecil Friday night and by Brandon Morrow Sunday afternoon. But more importantly, GM Jon Daniels pulled off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Going, Going ... Yawn. How to Fix Baseball's Broken All-Star Gala.

    ​Not appearing tonight at baseball's All-Star Game: Derek Jeter, Jose Reyes, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, C.C. Sabathia, David Price and Albert Pujols.Injuries can't be helped, but the mid-summer classic needs to be fixed. From last night's boring home run derby to tonight's exhibition, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Ten Career Suggestions for Justin Timberlake, Since He's No Longer That Interested In Music

    "I'm totally posting this on Myspace later."​The word has gotten around quickly: Justin Timberlake was indeed among the investors that bought a stake in floundering social networking site Myspace this week. According to the press release from Specific Media, Timberlake's partners in this ventur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    VVM Vet Joe Tone Named Observer Editor

    New Observer Editor Joe Tone: We're thinking the empty glass on the table is a good sign.​Joe Tone, a Village Voice Media veteran and former editor of the Pitch Weekly in Kansas City, was named editor of the Observer today. His first day on the job is Monday. Tone brings a broad mix of report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Rockies 11, Rangers 10: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Crowd last night was around 8,000, just a couple days after a record 12,000 for Rangers-Giants. As opposed to the Royals-A's on Tuesday, when I swear there weren't 1,000 people here. Nothing like a World Series to crowd the bandwagon. 9. I've said it before and I'll say it again: N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Check That, Neftali Feliz Now Wants To Be a Starting Pitcher

    ​After watching Neftali Feliz hurl an impressive first four innings of Monday's 5-4 exhibition win over the Los Angeles Dodgers here in Surprise, Arizona, I sat down with general manager Jon Daniels to find out exactly where the 22-year-old fireballer fits in this season. Closer? Or starter? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Surprise, Surprise. Chuck Greenberg is ... Poof.

    ​And just like that, the man who saved Nolan Ryan's job with the Texas Rangers has been replaced. By Nolan Ryan. I heard rumblings about this a couple weeks ago. Even hinted in a Whitt's End and on 105.3 The Fan that there were - seemingly out of nowhere - cracks in the foundation of the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Comedian Daniel Tosh Persuades Me That Barry Bonds and Other Roiders Are HOF'ers

    Courtesy danieltosh.comDaniel Tosh​As a big fan of Tosh.0 -- a 30-minute show on Comedy Central featuring YouTube clips and jokes from comedian Daniel Tosh -- I set my TiVo for Sunday's premiere of Tosh's stand-up special Happy Thoughts. Finally got around to watching it last night. It sucked. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Michael Young Acting Like a Professional. And a First Baseman.

    ​We knew Michael Young would show up to Texas Rangers' spring training on time. We were pretty sure that he'd address the media and his teammates and act professional, saying all the right things. But did we think he'd already be taking grounders and throws at first base? Young apparentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Cowboys 14, Eagles 13: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​How about a nice round of applause for Sam Merten? Nice job, Sam. Splendid actually. Thank you. And with that ... we now return to your regularly scheduled Sportatorium. 10. A year ago the Cowboys finished the regular season with a win over the Eagles. This year the Cowboys finished the regu ... 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

    December 7, 2010

    Werth It? Doing the Rangers' Math as Fat Contracts Swirl Around MLB Winter Meetings.

    Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?​Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Does Josh Hamilton Have a Chance to Be Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year?

    ​Let's see, he's won a batting title, an American League MVP, multiple Ginger Ale showers, our hearts and - almost, sorta -  a World Series. Today Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton goes for another coveted honor - Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. Little deb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Whitt's End: 11.5.10

      Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Roy Williams can hyperbolize(?) about winning nine consecutive games all he wants, but the only drama left in the Dallas Cowboys' failed season is not if - but when - head coach Wade Phillips ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Found, Finally: One Team Photo Of the 1953 Dallas Eagles, Champions of the Texas League

    ​There was a time -- 12 years ago, say -- when I could have named each man in this photo by sight. Even, at the far right in the middle row, PR man Jerry Doggett, ex of WRR and, after his stint in Dallas, the longtime voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (with, natch, Vin Scully). But, se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Kelly Clarkson Isn't The Only Area Singer Scheduled To Perform The National Anthem For A Playoff Game Tomorrow Night...

    Doug Burr​It's been widely reported already that Burleson's Own Kelly Clarkson, who is currently toiling away on her fifth studio effort, will be singing the national anthem tomorrow night in Arlington as the Texas Rangers host the San Francisco Giants for Game Three in the World Series. And, hey, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Let's Get High With Newy Scruggs

    ​I felt like I was watching Dazed and Confused last night -- though, to be honest, the whole Tim Lincecum-as-Mitch Kramer meme's been around for a good long while, well before The Wall Street Journal asked Wiley Wiggins about it during Giants-Braves. And speaking of pot -- well, I was -- Newy Scru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Five Reasons Why Your Texas Rangers Will Keep Postseason Badass Cliff Lee Next Season

    Photos by Sam MertenCliff Lee tosses in the outfield on July 11 following his first start with the Rangers.​Ever since New York Baseball Digest's Frank Russo posted his "Five Reasons Why the Yankees Will Sign Cliff Lee" on Monday, it has made the rounds, and several of my fellow Texas Rangers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    "The Old Rangers Are Gone."

    ​That quote, from Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, is the theme of this morning's World Series round-up.It comes from an interview in USA Today concerning the prospects of keeping Cliff Lee, which doesn't sound like the impossibility others have made it out to be; says Lee, beating the San Fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Hard Times in New York Town

    ​Writes Mike Lupica in this morning's New York Daily News: "So it has come to this for the Yankees, after the Texas Rangers threw them down another flight of stairs, trying to throw them all the way out to 161st St., all the way into next season. It has come to CC Sabathia trying to keep them aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Rangers Reeling, But We're Not Worried. Yet. Right?

    ​The Texas Rangers haven't won a game since last Wednesday. They've dropped four in a row - including a 7-2 Labor Day thrashing at the hands of the Blue Jays in Toronto and one of the wildest, worst endings to a game you ever did see on Sunday in Minnesota - and seven of their last nine. Pitc ... 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 14, 2010

    The Top 10 Greatest Players in the History of Your Texas Rangers

    ​If you watched Sunday's 7-2 win in Milwaukee, you'd think Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis (two hits, including a key two-run single) is a better hitter than first baseman Justin Smoak (0-5 with five strikeouts). If you've been watching forever, you're convinced it's time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Fool's Gold or Gritty Perseverance?

    ​While I was gone the Texas Rangers, well, um, let's face it ... they crumbled. Starters not making it past the fifth inning. Bullpen overworked. Bottom third of the order about as effective as BP's oil spill plans G, H and I. Four consecutive losses. Division lead kaput. Not good. I keep app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Atta Boy, Jon Daniels

    ​Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took a lot of crap early in his career. Altogether now ...    Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres for who?! If you remember the answer is Adam Eaton, you have an idea of just how far Daniels has progressed. As if sque ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Whitt's End: 11.6.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Haven't received a return call all week from Greg Williams, which is weird if not troubling. Something's up. Maybe he's merely at his vacation condo in Colorado and temporarily out of pocket. Or m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    A Christmas List for Jon Daniels

    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who spent most of last week his colleagues in Las Vegas for baseball's Winter Meetings, has been relatively quiet as the offseason reaches the halfway point. Thus far, he has dealt Gerald Laird to the Detroit Tigers and Wes Littleton to the Boston Red Sox f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Just How Did Josh Hamilton Wind Up the Texas Rangers' Savior, Anyway?

    Among the group of baseball jerseys in my closet -- behind Pudge's and A-Rod's Rangers ones -- there's an old, unworn Tampa Bay Devil Rays jersey with no name or number on it. When Tampa took Josh Hamilton with the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, I bought the jersey and waited to have Hamilton's name an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Texas Rangers Making Contingency Plans In Case This Uptick is a Mirage

    On deck? According to two baseball sources I trust way farther than I could throw them, your Texas Rangers are making plans for when – not if – manager Ron Washington is fired this season. The Dallas Observer – via this here The Sportatorium sports blog – has learned from separate s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Why Can't the Texas Rangers Always Play the Kansas City Royals?

    SURPRISE, Arizona -- After a week in Arizona I can honestly say the Texas Rangers have a chance to win the World Series. That is, if the league suddenly dissolves to just them and the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers beat K.C. 8-7 yesterday, improving to 3-0 against their Spring Training bunk mates. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    Your Texas Rangers Are Bidding on Hosting the 2015 All-Star Game

    The program from the Ballpark's sole hosting of MLB's All-Star extravaganza Spent a cold, damp, freaky foggy Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for the team’s annual mid-winter Fan Fest. Biggest news: A li'l baseball birdie told me the Rangers are in the process of officially bidding to hos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Scattershooting ...

    Um, Terrell Owens, we found at least one "original 81" who ain't you, pal. Response to last week’s homage to Blackie Sherrod was, well, yummier than a plate of scratch biscuits and red-eye gravy. So, yes, in fact, I’ll make this a weekly staple. Riddle me this: Buffalo’s Terrence McGee fields ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2007

    Forever Young

    Rub it in, dude, rub it in. In today's Chicago Tribune, columnist Phil Rogers -- a former Dallas Times Herald man, I might add -- offers up his mid-season baseball honors, and as far as he and the stats are concerned, there's no better pitcher in the National League than a former American Leaguer by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2006

    Zito Finito

    The Rangers offered Barry Zito $80 million. He said, "Thanks, but no thanks." Surprise, surprise, surprise. T.R. Sullivan, former Rangers beat writer for the Startlegram, is reporting over at MLB.com that Barry Zito, the Oakland Athletics pitcher Texas was wooing, has opted to go elsewhere. Sullivan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    Strong Arm? We Shall See.

    The Rangers want this man on their team next year. So do half a dozen other MLB teams. So, bye-bye, Daisuke. It woulda been swell. Some random sports notes before Richie wakes up: The Newberg Report's Mike Hindman sends word this a.m. that "the Seibu Lions will hold a board of directors meeting on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    The Lone Ranger

    Whenever we see a picture of Chris Young in a Padres uniform, we cry just a little. Then we drink and cry some more. Then we drunk-dial Adam Eaton. Since firing Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter a week ago, general manager Jon Daniels has been quiet about a replacement. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006

    The Texas Strangers

    Don't look now--no, really, don't look, you might miss the Mavs in the NBA Finals--but your baseball team is somehow in first place into June. I say somehow because, considering the moves that have backfired, what the Texas Rangers are accomplishing would make David Blaine do a double-take. Consider ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2006

    Small Ball, Big Balls

    The woman's voice on the other end of the line is strong and perky: "You've reached the national headquarters of the Continental Baseball League," she says, as though you've just dialed a proud, tradition-rich enterprise. But at the moment, the Continental Baseball League doesn't exist apart from it ... More >>

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    April 23, 1998
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