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.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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