I've heard like close to zero Ticket over the past week. Family and work obligations, and that may linger for a bit. Here are a couple of quick ones to fluff up the string a bit. You can tell it's lame, because the second one is sportsy, always dangerous.
(1) One of the few segments I did hear was The Shake Joint's interview of CNN's Ed Lavandera on Sunday. Wow. I did not hear the beginning so I wasn't sure about how this interview came about, but it was outstanding. Very interesting, and very professional. I only heard Jake doing the interviewing, so I'm not sure if Sean was a part of this segment. I especially liked the line of questioning about the moral dilemma of whether a newsman should participate in an event when there is a human need.
I asked myself -- what other show would, or could, do this? I wouldn't mind hearing more off-sports interviews on The Ticket, but who the heck is going to do them? Assuming they played it straight (an always shaky assumption), I can imagine two other guys being able to pull this off as well -- Gordon and Dan. (Why Dan? I don't know -- he's got a very penetrating intelligence and could be counted on to get to the the nub of the gist, without regard to his current-events knowledge.)
But someone, presumably Jake, reached out to this guy or CNN, and landed it with great distinction. What does this tell us? Continue to keep an eye on Mr. Kemp.
[CORRECTION: I have been reliably informed that the interview was conducted by both Jake and Sean, and booked by Sean. In my defense, the only part I heard at proper volume and without interruption was the part I mentioned, and only heard the balance with the radio turned down and Mrs. Plainsman and a smallish child simultaneously giving me instructions as I tried to keep the Conestoga in the ruts. Thanks to my reliable informant for the better information and apologies to Sean for failing to note his contribution. Better keep an eye on him as well.]
(2) MY WRONG THEORY ABOUT THE RANGERS' SWOON
It's not injuries.
It's not the departure of Michael Young, Mike Napoli, Josh Hamilton.
It's not questionable bullpen personnel.
Here's what it is:
It's Nelson Cruz.
I have no proof for this.
I only have a logical fallacy on which to rely, the old "happened contemporaneously with or after, therefore happened because." Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
But it seems to me that the Rangers' collapse here really started right around the time that the dope story got big again. I think it's an elephant in the clubhouse. I'll bet every player on that team and every member of the coaching staff and every member of management believes that Cruz was dirty and that if he is denying it now he's lying. Hell, he's even got the braces to keep his teeth organized in his jaw.
So there's this tension between public support and private concern, and uncertainty over whether they'll have him when playoff time rolls around.
It's casting a pall over the all-for-one, one-for-all Texas Rangers.
And pretending like it's not there means Coach Ron can't "manage" it. I don't know what I would do if I were him. I know what I'd be doing if I were Jon Daniels -- I'd be getting the team's lawyers involved to get this thing resolved toot sweet, get the authorities to fish or cut bait, release a list or drop it.
So there you have a tragically sportsy MTC commentary.
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I'll try to be back soon, but in the meantime, my thanks for informative and interesting commentary.