I intended to blog about the Texas Rangers job opening for an “accountability partner” for Josh Hamilton but had second thoughts. It seems a little heartless to talk about it, maybe even a little sad, so when I found this little ditty out there in YouTube land it was an easy change-over. This is light-hearted good stuff!
So in case you’ve never seen it and even if you have here’s a wonderful version of one of Abbott & Costello’s finest routines. Abbott and Costello performed this classic “Who’s on first?” baseball sketch in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties” first performed as part of their stage act. This video now plays continuously on screens at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
In 1999, Time Magazine named the routine the “Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th century. And who’s to argue with them? No matter how many times I’ve seen it, it’s a classic that never gets old.
You can read all about it at Wikipedia, but not on Wednesday, January 21, as they’re having a “black-out” to protest the Freedom of Information Act being proposed in Congress.
“Who’s on First” YouTube Video courtesy of, and uploaded by, Swancourt on Feb 16, 2007.
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Josh Hamilton was named MVP of the American League Championship Series as his Texas Rangers whooped the New York Yankees into submission yesterday and grabbed the AL Pennant for the first time in their long history. When he was asked about the award you couldn’t help but be impressed. Here’s what he had to say:
“I love my teammates. I love them so much. Any of these guys could have gotten this award. I’m happy to have them. At the same time , I don’t want to talk about myself, I want to talk about them! WE are the reason we’re here. The chemistry on the team is something like I’ve never known anywhere. All the guys love each other and we support each other.”
Texas Rangers on winning the ALCS
Manager Ron Washington said basically the same thing, acknowledging this was the best group of players he’s ever worked with. The Texas Rangers chemistry among each other seems to be contagious. Most would agree that the players on any team have to get along with each other, maybe not “like” each other but for sure they have to get along. Sometimes that promotes a winning team and sometimes not, but for sure these guys seem to really and truly “like” each other. This is evident in all the clubhouse interviews, on the field rapport, and articles written throughout this year. I don’t know very much about the Texas Rangers, but I have to be honest here, you can’t help but like these guys, each and every one of them!
Josh Hamilton, MVP
I decided not to write about all the great plays and statistics from this series. They were impressive and you can read all about them in the “Related Articles” below. But if you read my earlier blog about the Yankees and their tea party mentality, you gotta love these guys. This is the first time in their history they’ve won a Pennant and it does my heart good to see a bunch of guys whooping and hollering and jumping around like they really, really appreciate being here. Whatta series and what an accomplishment! Great win for the Texas Rangers. They deserve it!
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