Also, I just want to say something about the Rangers. In the eighth, was it the 7th inning? [Ed. not: it was the 8th inning with the Rangers trailing 10-0] Vladimir’s last at bat. That groundball to shortstop. Did you see how hard he ran to first base? It was absolutely magnificent. And I’m just pointing it out because that needs to be pointed out, just for baseball players in general. I’m talking about little leaguers watching. Guys in college whatever. And of course major leaguers and professional players. I’ve seen Vlady do that. I’ve seen Jeter do that. I thought it was fantastic.
We don’t think JoeMa was necessarily taking a shot at his players for not hustling. Rather, we think he was just taking a moment to remind his guys that even a superstar like Vlad the Impaler never takes a play off. Let’s hope the message gets through.