Mixed thoughts on Turn Back The Clock Uniforms in Texas

I am a big fan of turn back the clock nights at stadiums. In fact when the A’s and Pirates wore retro uniforms, it was not only one of the coolest games of the 2010 but also THE best local broadcast I ever saw.

Today the Texas Rangers turned back the clock against the California Angels. (Hey, when they wear those unis, you can drop all of the Los Angeles of Anaheim nonsense.)

I have some positive and negative things to say about the threads.

The Angels uniforms aren’t bad. I wish they would go back to the dark blue crown when they play on the road and wear the red caps at home.

But I had to look up if they were accurate or not. I never remembered them having the lower case a on the front of the uniform.

(Evidently they did in the early 1970s.)

As much as I like seeing the old uniforms, they did make me appreciate the modern version a little bit more.

The lower case letters on the chest look a little odd. Make them capital letters and maybe you have their away uniforms. (And keep the pants with the built in belts.)

The Rangers?

Oh man, this organization just has had a hard time getting their uniforms right, haven’t they?

The Rangers were frequently featured in my “Most Forgettable Uniforms of the Last 30 Years.”

And which was the very first forgettable uniform I profiled?

The duds the Rangers wore today!

I know they were going for the frontier feel with the letters. But they are just so unmemorable and so bland.

Even a dynamic player like Josh Hamilton looks boring in them. Don’t they look like a uniform that a baseball player would wear in a movie where they didn’t get the rights for MLB logos?

Then again their current uniforms are pretty dull.

I wrote about this already, but the bland “TEXAS” front is just lazy. Go back to the red Pudge Rodriguez specials and stay there.

When am I ever wrong about uniforms?

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The Orioles Magic Number is 129

Here we are almost at Mother’s Day. Who is on top of the AL East? The Red Sox? The Yankees? The Rays? The Blue Jays?
It’s the Baltimore Orioles. at 21-12, only the Rangers are better in the American League. And they can expand their lead with another win against the Rays.
The Magic Number is 129 to eliminate the Rays. Any combination of Orioles wins and Tampa Bay losses equaling 129 will give the Orioles the crown.
128 would eliminate the Yankees and 127 would put away the Blue Jays?
The Red Sox? Don’t worry about them, Baltimore. They are doing it themselves.
So let’s see some more butts in the seats, Orioles fans!
And smile like those smiling bird hats.
(I told you changing back to the old school hats was a good idea!)

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How the hell is Clay Buchholz 4-1?

Remember Clay Buchholz?

He’s the guy who was supposed to be the right handed stud for the Red Sox.
He’s the guy who who I declared I was done with.

He’s been a vast sea of suck this year.
We are in mid May and his ERA is 8.31.

It will take a few fabulous outings to bring his ERA under 7!!!

He get slapped around. He gets the bullpen working overtime.
Let’s face it. He’s been awful.

And he’s 4-1.

He’s on pace to win around 14 or 15 games.

If the name of the game is winning, is he doing his job?
Or is he a lucky SOB?

And is it better to have a lucky winner or a hard luck loser?
I’m not talking about your fantasy team. I’m talking about an honest to goodness baseball team.

I’m not sure.
If he wins 4 more games this year, then this will be his second best season in terms of total wins.

Seems odd doesn’t it?
Well as a Red Sox fan I’d rather wonder how a pitcher is compiling wins than lamenting that they are losing close games.

4-1? To paraphrase Bull Durham, how did he ever win 4?
It’s a miracle!
It’s a miracle…

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