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Time to book a tractor pull at AT&T Stadium. Football won’t be played there for eight months.

Down the street, though, the world champions are about to starting cooking again at Globe Life Field.

Disheartened Cowboys fans on Sunday night made note that the Rangers remain World Series champs while Jerry Jones’ team remains a disappointment for the 29th straight year.

America’s Team has five Super Bowl wins, but in a world of what have you done for me lately, they haven’t done squat.

Now that the Cowboys are out of the way, it’s worth noting that Rangers FanFest is Jan. 27 at Globe Life Field, the first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Feb. 14 and Opening Day comes around March 28.

The rest of the country is going to see a lot of the Rangers in 2024.

Their season opener against the Cubs is the first of 12 national broadcasts. Nine of those are exclusive broadcasts.

The Rangers still don’t know who will be on the Opening Day roster, but they have time to find some missing pieces. No matter who makes the club, manager Bruce Bochy will work his magic and keep the Rangers a contender.

If Cowboys fans have their way, Mike McCarthy will be fired today or Tuesday and Bill Belichick will take the helm. All he’s done is win the Super Bowl six times as a head coach, but zero times without quarterback Tom Brady.

Whatever. It’s baseball season.

Relief help

This is great: Former Rangers infielder Charlie Culberson, the reigning Harold McKinney Good Guy winner, is going to Braves spring training as a relief pitcher.

It’s not a complete farce. Culberson was terrific when given the chance to pitch as a position player. He cracked 90 mph a few times and threw a ton of strikes. Pitching in a meaningful situation is a different monster, but Culberson is such a solid dude that he can handle the heat.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have been linked to free-agent right-hander Hector Neris, who has spent the past two seasons with the Astros. Despite the disdain Rangers fans have for that team, Neris would help the Rangers win.

He has experience closing, has pitched in high-leverage situations most of his career and has performed in the postseason, where the Rangers expect to be going forward.

The market continues to be flooded with relievers, even some good ones. Josh Hader is the best and continues to be linked to the Rangers, but as of now that’s not likely.

ICYMI …

Things are starting to heat up at Rangers Today, both on the website and with the podcast.

Cody Bradford joined the podcast Friday for an offseason update. He’s still a world champion, by the way. The next episode will be live at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hop & Sting Brewing Co. in Grapevine.

The guest list is solid with pitching coach Mike Maddux, right-hander Josh Sborz, fan favorite Derek Holland and radio guy Matt Hicks. T.R. Sullivan is going to try to come, too, and a few others of note might drop in for a beer.

My gut tells me there will be Rangers news this week. If not, I’ll just make some up.

Check out the latest content at the website ($5.99 a month, $60 a year) here in case you missed it:

The Sunday Read: Jeff Wilson’s Hall of Fame ballot

T.R.’s Memoirs: T.R. Sullivan’s Hall of Fame ballot

Reading into arbitration deadline day

Winter Caravan schedule

 

Doggy video!

A reminder to keep windows rolled up today. Enjoy.

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

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. Boo January 18, 2024

    I wouldn’t be considered as “others of note”, but I’ll be there. Dragging a few beer connoisseurs with me.

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