On going to USC: "I was okay with that."
On signing: "It's been my dream since I was a kid. Now that it's finally come true, it's unbelievable. Now we've got one more goal to reach at this point. I'm real excited about it."
On the negotiations: "Mr. Boras and the Royals both made a compromise. They came up to where we were and we came down from where we were. I mean, it just worked out. It ended up working out pretty well."
Less talk, more slugging. Fine by us.
Speaking of conversation, earlier today I had one with a friend who attended all three Royals games in Arlington. He's from Texas and as true a Rangers fan as you can find -- that is to say, he wants the team to do well but finds it difficult to be committed to anyone who plays in 105-degree heat and thinks that's okay, and can't get over that the front office essentially gave away Alfonso Soriano, Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young -- but he's also a baseball connoisseur, so we're happy to report some of the things he said, by way of paraphrase:
-- Someone should feed Leo Nunez.
-- The air left the stadium on Wednesday when Benoit (not Chris) walked TPJ on four pitches.
-- The 9-6-3-4-5-2 tag-out was a mess, but had left fielder Nelson Cruz been backing up center fielder Marlon Byrd behind second, DeJesus never would have half-walked around the bases to score after catcher Gerald Laird's throwing error.
-- Two crummy teams + 105 degrees = AWFUL crowds.
-- The Dallas/Fort Worth area doesn't have an opinion on the Rangers. Apathy. Dust. We will all be that in time.
-- You know Jarrod Saltalamacchia? I hate him now.
This last comment made me curious.
Me: what?"Nothing wrong with that," I said. "Picture???"
Rangers Fan: he's married to one of the teachers at his high school. she didn't teach him, but she was a teacher at his high school while he attended. she's 14 years older than him.
This got him off.
NOTHING WRONG"Well, he's like 22 now, isn't he?" I said. "I mean, that's an early age to be married, but I can see the attractiveness in 30+ year-olds."
and messed up
yesThen he complained a bit about Salty not putting his foot down on first base in the 9th inning Wednesday. I steered the conversation back to its nub by re-expressing my amazement over the lack of pictures of Mrs. Saltalamacchia on the Internet.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER!
when jarrod's about to cash in on a HUGE contract
he'll be about 30
married to a mid-40s lady
past her prime
RF: she'll be dead in a few years, so we'll see her picture thenAnyway, I think RF's high school teachers must have been repulsively hideous. Velcro Vernacular, Rightfielders and the Dallas Observer blog have more on this subject.
or maybe they'll ask her about life with the dinosaurs
Me: c'mon she's not that old
RF: it troubles me
i've heard a couple of people say that it's hot that he married a high school teacher
Me: it is kind of hot
RF: you think they're hot
but never consider MARRYING them
or asking them out
Rangers Fan also saw a guy wearing a David DeJesus jersey.
POSTSCRIPT: For those who don't know, there's a formula for figuring out whether a couple's age difference is wide enough to warrant pubescent gossip: divide the elder's age by two, add seven; if it's still older than the younger's age, then you have a taboo. There's room for maneuvering, depending on what part of the country you're in. Indiana, for instance, you divide by two, add 10. Los Angeles, you divide by three, period (to allow for the 20-year-old trophy wives for the 60-year-olds, which is apparently perfectly normal). According to this formula, the Saltalamacchias aren't completely out of bounds, though there's enough of a difference to invite this type of dissection and discourse.