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Boys of Arlington: Nelson Cruz deserves better place in Rangers history

(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

 

In his second installment of the Boys of Arlington, retired beat writer T.R. Sullivan looks back at the glorious and tragic Rangers career of outfielder Nelson Cruz.

 

Michael Young was the Rangers’ lead story two days before the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis.

It was Sunday, the day before the All-Star break, and the All-Star Futures Game was scheduled for that afternoon. Young had been selected to the All-Star Game for the sixth straight year, but he was finally going to get to start because Evan Longoria of the Rays — elected as the starter by the fans — had to drop out because of injury.

I wrote the story and then was eating lunch at the hotel when Rangers public relations director Rich Rice called.

“What’s up?” I asked.

“Nelson Cruz is going to the All-Star Game,” he said.

“What All-Star Game?” I asked.

T.R. Sullivan

T.R. is a Military Brat and graduate of the University of San Francisco who retired in 2020 after a 40-year career with the Denison Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MLB.Com. He covered the Texas Rangers for 32 years.

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  1. revo1964@hotmail.com April 29, 2024

    Keep ’em coming. T.R. Love your story-telling.

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  2. Charles Neeley May 7, 2024

    Cruz us the victim of a non-move by Ron Washington in the bottom of the 9th in that infamous game 6 in St Louis. If he substitutes Gentry into CF, moving Hamilton into RF, everybody is wearing rings. Cruz did his best, but in that situation he should not have been on the field. He will always wear a blame that is most deserved by Washington.

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