ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Choice, the newest Texas Rangers outfielder, glanced at his dashboard clock and timed his drive from his home in south Arlington to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at 16 minutes. Not a bad commute for a guy who was traded from Oakland to Texas on Tuesday.
Choice called his family to inform them that he was coming home after he was caught him off guard by the trade.
"I was running errands when they called," Choice said.
He said he couldn't calm his dad down when he gave him the news and that his phone was full of text message from friends and family. He said he's yet to get any ticket requests.
"But I'm sure that's coming," Choice said.
The 24-year-old knows that nothing is guaranteed. He'll have to earn a job in spring training, something he was geared to do if he was heading to spring training with the A's anyway.
Choice isn't worried about the pressures of playing so close to home (he played high school baseball in Mansfield and college ball at the University of Texas-Arlington), saying that the fact that it's familiar should make it comfortable and maybe even "less nerve-racking" because it's familiar.