Darren's Diary: iPad envy, Vlad monster
There are many naysayers in our clubhouse led by the entire pitching, training, and strength staff. Apparently even if they were on the fence about the usefulness of the iPad, my constant reminders of how awesome it is have gotten to them. The coaches usually say: "Hey, that's a huge iPhone." The position players like to mock me because I carry it around everywhere like Linus from Charlie Brown carried his blanket.
Our first game with KC (Thursday night's win) was one of the more exciting games I've been a part of. It was full of homers and blown leads. Back-to-back homers off an All-Star closer to win it 13-12? Vladdy hitting 3 of 4 consecutive pitches for homers? Only he could pull that one off. Most hitters like to see a few pitches before they go for the downs. Not Vladdy. He's a monster.
The offense definitely carried the pitchers that game, as they had staked us to an eight-run lead, which we let slip away. Bad teams pack it up and take a loss. Good teams battle, and our guys did. This game is in direct opposition to the one we had in Seattle with Cliff Lee and Colby Lewis seeing who could get more punchouts and innings pitched.
This past week, we experienced playing in front of small crowds in Oakland. At one of our games, we had an actual attendance of around 8,500. Sounds like a lot of people, but when I can hear individual conversations from the crowd while I'm pitching it's really distracting. The ambient noise will usually drown that out, but there werent enough fans to create it. I would go to pitch and hear two girls talking about prom. Large crowds are great, because all the yelling is basically white noise. Fun to hear that energy and easy to digest and blockout when you have to perform.
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Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.