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Martin Perez, Tony Beasley and the special day they shared Friday

(AP photo/David J. Phillip)


No player on the Rangers roster has known Tony Beasley as long as left-hander Martin Perez, who remembers the spring of 2016 when Beasley was diagnosed with Stage II colorectal cancer.

So as they sat together Thursday, Perez was informed by the Rangers third-base coach that on Friday he had his six-year scan since doctors at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center first treated him.

It’s the big one. If everything were to check out, Beasley would be finished with the checkups.

He was sweating it.

Maybe Perez could sense it or maybe the nerves were discussed. Either way, he knew he was starting Friday night and told Beasley he would dedicate the game to him.

What a game it was. What a day it was for Beasley.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. A Stephens May 21, 2022

    “you follow your gut on that one”.
    Heads exploding at all the “intelligent” baseball sites.

    1. Jeff Wilson May 21, 2022

      I hope they’re all OK, those poor devils.

  2. I was extremely glad to see Woody keep him in there! Great game to watch, even if I had to watch it on Apple TV *eye roll*

    1. Jeff Wilson May 22, 2022

      I need to see if there were any ratings generated by Apple TV. Do streaming services even have ratings? And is the mobile user really that important to the overall product? I like it about as much as you do.


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