Derek Holland's Vow of Seriousness Was Remarkably Short-Lived

Let's step back in time for a moment and revisit one of the key story lines going into the Texas Rangers' ultimately disappointing 2013 season. Here's how ESPN put it:

And The Dallas Morning News:

And here's The Sporting News' take:

Lefty Derek Holland, coming off a disappointing injury-plagued 2012 season, was turning over a new leaf, dispensing with the goofball antics in favor of a more serious, sober-minded approach to his job. It seemed to pay off. His ERA dropped by more than a run, and he gave up a dozen fewer home runs, even if he did come up with fewer wins. His season was solid, if unspectacular.

Now fastforward back to the present, where a new story line is emerging:

Holland declined to elaborate on his performance other than to tell The Dallas Morning News to "keep your expectations high 'cause this movie is seriously going to be funny."

As funny as the mid-game Harry Carey and Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions? The endless stream of Chuck Norris jokes? The hilarious a-hacker-sent-this-homophobic-tweet-from-my-Twitter-account routine? We won't know until the film comes out in 2014, but we do know this: Derek Holland is back.

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Eric Nicholson
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