Texas Rangers: Tony Romo

Dallas stars shine at Nowitzki event

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Dirk NowitzkiAP Photo/LM OteroDirk Nowitzki's White Socks team scored a 17-16 victory in Saturday's charity game.

FRISCO, Texas — The stars were out Saturday night as Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hosted the 2014 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game presented by Baylor Medical Center. The game featured stars of the Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys and former Texas Rangers. Nowitzki led his White Socks against the Blue Socks.

Former Dallas Stars center Mike Modano established the game 10 years ago. With the event flagging three years ago, the foundation approached Nowitzki, who has taken over responsibility since. The event benefits the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, established by Mavs owner Mark Cuban.

For the first time, the celebrity baseball game played at Frisco’s Dr Pepper Ballpark sold out -- for which Nowitzki expressed his gratitude.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Cowboys quarterback/White Socks dugout coach Tony Romo joked during the game that he was dying to play, but head coach Jason Garrett -- who played third base -- wouldn’t let him. Both Garrett and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle joked beforehand that they had a similar dream: That everyone involved would avoid any injuries. Their dream ultimately came true.
  • Nowitzki -- who played first base -- singled in his first at-bat, a line drive up the middle. Nowitzki casually ran backward to first base. He later scored the first run of the game.
  • Jason Witten was caught in a rundown between first and second base during the same inning. He was eventually called out at first but charged into the opposing catcher. No one was injured.
  • Cowboys wide receiver/White Socks center fielder Dez Bryant made a tremendous catch in the top of the fourth inning. Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez hit a hard pop fly to center, forcing Bryant to retreat. Still trying to catch up to the ball, Bryant leapt as he was running backward and snagged the ball, drawing a roar of applause from the crowd.
  • Between innings, Carlisle joined the Mavs' drum line. As its members were going through their routine, Carlisle grabbed sticks and began banging on each of the drums.
  • Mavericks guard/White Socks second baseman Devin Harris had an eventful sixth inning. He let a ground ball roll between his legs -- then redeemed himself with a running over-the-shoulder catch on the next play.
  • Former Mavericks forward/White Socks infielder Brian Cardinal had the game-winning hit, a bases-clearing two-out double. The fly ball got past a hard-charging Terrell Owens. The White Socks scored seven runs during their comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Cardinal and Nowitzki were named co-MVPs of the game. With the 17-16 win, Nowitzki got his first victory in the charity contest. In addition to the 33 runs, the teams combined for 40 hits.

Which Ranger could club not afford to lose?

December, 24, 2013
With the news Monday that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is out for the season, it got me thinking -- which Ranger could the club not afford to lose at a crucial juncture?


Who is the Rangers' most indispensable player?


Discuss (Total votes: 3,508)

You could make a case for several players, but I'm going with Adrian Beltre. No matter who is hitting around him, Beltre seems to be the guy who holds things together. It seems that clutch moments find Beltre, and the veteran just has a way of making things happen. He's superb defensively and was this club's MVP, as voted on by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America this past year.

So if the Rangers were in a fight for the playoffs with a week left, the last guy they'd want to lose is Beltre.

Of the current crop, you could make a case for Yu Darvish or maybe Prince Fielder, one of the newest Rangers. Darvish is this club's No. 1 pitcher and a crucial component to any stretch drive and playoff series. Fielder is another power hitter in the middle of the lineup. And if you need any proof as to how important that is, note how the Texas offense did while Nelson Cruz, now a free agent, was serving a 50-game suspension last season. This team needed one more win and didn't have its most productive offensive player in the lineup.

It's your turn. Which Ranger do you think the club could least afford to lose with a week or two left and a playoff spot up in the air?

Joe Nathan loses bet, dresses like Tony Romo

September, 11, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – A Tony Romo lookalike trotted out onto the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for batting practice Tuesday to the laughs, smiles and cheers from the Texas Rangers players.

Such is life when you’re closer Joe Nathan and you lose a bet with teammate Mike Adams on the outcome of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants NFL opener last week. The Cowboys’ 24-17 victory meant Nathan, an unabashed Giants fan, had to dress in a full Cowboys uniform complete with pads, helmet and, of course, Romo’s name and his No. 9 on the back.

Adams and Nathan agreed that the loser would have to wear it for all of batting practice. And Nathan added the stipulation that the loser had to sign autographs for five minutes after so that the television cameras could get a nice view.

“I regret that I added that,” Nathan said.

Nathan had a jersey with Adams’ name on it ready to go had the Giants won the game. Nathan was a good sport, taking snaps from teammates in the outfield and throwing passes.

Asked how he was able to carve up the Giants defense, Nathan smiled and said: “They are always good. The Giants are the best team ever.”

Adams said he enlisted the help of Cowboys equipment manager Mike McCord to obtain the official uniform.

So how did it feel wearing a Cowboys jersey?

“It feels just like I thought it would – absolutely terrible,” Nathan said.

Nathan said he played football when he was very young, prior to high school.

“I was real small in high school,” Nathan said. “I would have gotten crushed.”

Nathan said that he and Adams may try to get together later in the season for the second game between the clubs at Cowboys Stadium and that they’ll definitely put something on the line then, too.

“I’m extremely pleased,” Adams said. “This is probably the best bet I’ve ever won in my entire life. This is up there.”

The bet came up almost right away, shortly after Nathan signed. Adams has a Cowboys helmet in his locker and is a season-ticket holder. Nathan, whose locker is beside Adams’, noticed right away.

“The first thing he told me was, ‘I saw that crappy helmet in your locker and I’m a Giants fan, so we should have some good bets going on,’” Adams said.

Adams added that he also made a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who must wear a Cowboys hat during a session with the media sometime soon.

Who's under more pressure: Rangers or Tony Romo?

June, 22, 2012

Randy Galloway and Matt Mosley weigh in on which athlete is under the most pressure to win his first title.

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo had a question for reporters when he sat down in front of the microphones in the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington interview room.

“Anyone get the speed of that pitch?” Romo asked with a grin.

The Cowboys quarterback brought the high heat when he threw out the first pitch before Wednesday’s Mariners-Rangers game. OK, heat might be stretching it, although scoreboard radar gun wasn’t on at the moment. But Romo, sporting his Starter gear and working out of a full windup from the pitcher’s rubber, did throw a high fastball.

Rangers reliever/Cowboys season-ticket holder Mike Adams, who put on a blue Cowboys cap to serve as Romo’s personal catcher, had to come out of his crouch to catch the pitch. Romo said he warned Adams that might be the case.

“Usually if it depends on my right arm doing something right, we should be OK,” Romo said. “We did all right.”

Romo hadn’t pitched since his days as a Little Leaguer in Wisconsin, focusing on football, basketball and golf in high school. He took a couple of warmup tosses in the batting cages before taking the mound in front of a crowd of around 45,000.

Romo said he goes to a couple of Rangers games each season, but this is the first time he’s thrown out the first pitch. He enjoyed meeting several Rangers, signing autographs for some, in the home clubhouse before the game.

“They’re unique. They’re fun to watch,” Romo said. “They’re a great team. It’s funny. I was in the locker room and saw a bunch of the guys, and you feel like you know them even though you never met them. That’s the way they come across to people. It makes you root for them. It’s a team that you really enjoy watching. I’m behind them.”

While this was Romo’s first pitch debut, he has been in the spotlight at a big league park before. Romo sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field a few years ago.

It’s safe to say that Romo is a better pitcher than singer.

“Yes, I would assume that,” Romo said. “I’m really a good singer, but …”

Mike Adams to catch Tony Romo's pitch

May, 30, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Adams, a Dallas Cowboys season ticket holder, will catch quarterback Tony Romo's ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday's game with the Seattle Mariners.

"Hopefully he hits the target," said Adams, who has a Cowboys helmet in his locker and has caught passes from Romo at Cowboys Stadium after a practice last year. "It's really awesome. It's a cool thing, especially coming from one of the Cowboys players and a premier quarterback. That's neat."

Adams has actually caught a first pitch from an NFL quarterback before, stretching to catch a wide one from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers while Adams was with the Padres last season.

Adams doesn't plan on giving Romo some advice.

"I'm just going to ask him if he needs me to be on my toes or not," Adams said. "I need to know if I've got to go diving out or anything."

Buzz: Bullpen availability is an issue

May, 27, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a 13 inning victory Saturday afternoon, the Rangers bullpen was taxed. Manager Ron Washington used six relievers, including Koji Uehara for two innings and Robbie Ross for 40 pitches in 1 2/3 innings.

So just who is available for Sunday afternoon's game against Toronto?

"There's some questions," Washington said. "I'm not going to specify (who is available) but there are some questions."

Washington did say setup man Mike Adams and closer Joe Nathan will pitch if needed today.

Toronto used six relief pitchers as well, and it seems their situation is a little rough. Relief pitchers, Casey Janssen and Darren Oliver, each threw over 30 pitches Saturday.

"We're in good shape as long as Yu (Darvish) can get us deep in the ballgame, we're fine," Washington said. "We certainly have our best pieces available. We'll run into some problems if we have to play another 13 innings like we did yesterday, no, we're in good shape."

Notes: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is going to throw out the first pitch Wednesday to Adams, who is a Cowboys season ticket holder. ... Rangers didn't take BP outside, instead working in the indoor cages. ... Washington said he's been pleased with the recent work of backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba. He has two home runs, two runs and two RBIs in the last two games. ... Washington said Scott Feldman will pitch Tuesday as scheduled, but said the rotation is on a start-to-start basis because Neftali Feliz is on the disabled list. If the Rangers move Alexi Ogando into the starting rotation, he might need a minor league start first. Washington said the organization hasn't had those discussions.



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182