Texas Rangers: TCU Horned Frogs
The club is gathered on the field here at Rangers Ballpark where they'll be honored for their remarkable run to the College World Series. They're all dressed out in khaki shorts, purple TCU golf shirts and Rangers caps.
But, get this: Purke was wearing his Rangers hat straight-on. The caps the Rangers provided had such a curve to the bill that it was impossible for him to wear it slanted to the right, which has become his trademark and sparked plenty of talk on the College World Series broadcasts.
Purke was the Rangers' first-round draft pick last year, but the club's financial situation prevented it from matching Purke's salary demands. So the lefty took his dynamic stuff to Fort Worth and didn't lose a game (16-0) this season for TCU.
Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle will throw out the first pitch.
As of now, TCU has yet to arrive at the park. Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle will throw out the first pitch.
TCU advanced to within one win of the championship series in Omaha, losing Saturday to UCLA.
Purke, who demanded more money than the Rangers could supply in their current financial straits, decided to forego the big leagues for TCU. He finished the year 16-0, including two wins at the College World Series, the best mark in the nation.
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