I can admit when I’m wrong…

….really, I can.

And with a couple of months under our belt, I have to admit that I might be wrong about this.

I have to admit to quite a bit of pleasant surprise at this year’s Texas Rangers so far. Didn’t see it coming. Really didn’t.

Seems to me that there have been BIG improvements in pitching this year…exactly the kinds of improvements that I’ve been screaming about for ten years. (As has every other real fan…)

I probably should not have been surprised by some of it. I mean, having Nolan Ryan around has *got* to rub off on your pitchers somehow. And, if nothing else, he’s brought a new seriousness to their training, and that almost always pays off eventually.

Then, there’s new Pitching Coach Mike Maddux, who has also clearly made a difference as this DMN story shows.

I have to say, I never doubted that the Rangers would *eventually* improve their staff. I just didn’t see how that would happen this year. But it clearly has.

In my defense may I remind you of the old expression:

“Fool me once, shame on you.”
“Fool me every single summer since 1972, shame on me.”

OK, so that’s a paraphrase. But you get my drift. I have good reason to be skeptical, and you’ve got to grant me that.

And, of course, it’s still early. June is not September. June is not even the All Star Break.

So, for those of you who got on my case when I called for a boycott of the Rangers, I’m not yet ready to concede defeat. But I will promise that I’ll happily admit to being wrong if that’s what it comes to this October.

Happily.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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