Welcome to the first edition of Where We Live Today Sports. Today is Opening Day for the 2012 edition of the Texas Rangers. It’s perhaps the most anticipated opening day in the history of the franchise as we all look to see how the team can rebound from the 2011 World Series, specifically Game 6. I know that Chris is already over it, but I personally need this season to get going in order to put the collapse behind me.
I can only imagine how the team feels.
The addition of Yu Darvish to replace C.J. Wilson, the movement of Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation, and the looming free agency of both Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli add further intrigue to an already fascinating 2012 campaign.
Anyways, on to the news:
Joe Avezzano Dies of Heart Attack
I hadn’t even intended on mentioning the Cowboys in this post, but this deserves top billing.
“Joe Avezzano was a very special part of our Dallas Cowboys family and our organization’s history. He was also a wonderful father, husband and friend. No one enjoyed life more than Joe, and no one that I know had a greater appreciation for the people that he loved and the lives that he touched,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “We grieve with Diann and Tony and the thousands of fans who loved Coach Joe. He was an original. There was no one else like him.”
0-0, Tied for 1st in the AL West, Magic Number: 163
Yesterday: Did not play
Today: Game 1 vs. White Sox | J Danks (0-0) vs. C Lewis (0-0) | 1:05 PM | FSSW | Preview
Lone Star Ball Series Preview
@JimBowdenESPNxm: Rangers & Kinsler are working towards a deal according to source that will include exercise of ’13 option & add 5 yrs at approx 14m per yr
@JimBowdenESPNxm: Sources told me that Kinsler’s AAV will be between $13.5m & $14m & Phillips AAV will be between $12.5m &$13m with some work left in both dls
5 situations to watch, per Chris:
1. Will Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli career in 2012, or will pending free agency be a distraction? I anticipate that neither will be back in 2013. With that in mind, will Jon Daniels try to add their potential replacements as part of a 2012 push for a third straight World Series berth, or will the Rangers keep their powder dry until the winter?
2. Robbie Ross leaped past Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez on the organizational depth chart to earn a bullpen spot in Arlington. Last season, Ramirez skipped AA entirely and spent the entire season at Round Rock. Which of these pitchers will be in line to succeed Colby Lewis in the rotation in 2013, and which will be used as trade bait in the next 9-12 months?
3. When (not if) the club decides to make a move to shore up the offense, what will it be? Ron Washington has talked openly of his wish for a right-handed hitting outfielder. Will the Rangers acquire a starting outfielder and push David Murphy back to the fourth outfield spot, or will they be shopping solely for a bench bat?
4. Will Jurickson Profar be in Round Rock or Arlington by the end of the season? How will his progress affect the potential shift of Ian Kinsler to the outfield (a position change to which Kinsler has indicated he is open)?
5. There’s a lot of smoke around a Kinsler contract extension, the most specific being the Jim Bowden tweet shown above…too much smoke for there not to be fire, I hope. Look for Kins to be here for a long time, and to take over as FOF when Michael Young leaves after 2013.
31-24, 6th in the West
Yesterday: Did not play
Today: Game 56 vs. Trail Blazers | 7:30 PM | FSSW | Preview
Rory McIlroy melted down during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament, coughing up a 4-stroke lead and hitting golf shots into areas of Augusta National that had perhaps never been seen on television during tournament play. It was painful to watch. McIlroy, however, handled his disappointment with dignity, answered all media questions calmly, and vowed to learn from the experience. At the very next major championship he entered, a mere two months later, he won the U.S. Open by 8 strokes. There were no lingering effects from the Masters. Therefore, it’s amazing to me that the collapse from a year ago is being pursued as a storyline at all. Still, I saw this angle in numerous tournament previews, and even after a solid opening round of 71, apparently, some people still want to dredge it up. Sports pundits, it’s ancient history…just like Game 6.
Where We Live Today Sports is the freelancedogs daily wrap-up of Metroplex Sports, inspired by a classic Jerry Jones quote, which can be read here.