I figure we’re about due for the 2013 Pirates to have some theme or theme song or motivational slogan or whatever else you get when a team springs into contention in inspirational fashion. But given that they’ve had over 20 years to prepare for this moment, I hope it’s good and not the unspeakable horror story that was their 1990 version, which Ted Berg of USA Today found and featured for us yesterday.
This is an extended “making of” video of that atrocity. The song and video in its entirety starts at the 4:45 mark:
The Rangers made a handful of roster moves on Monday, per the club’s executive VP of communications John Blake. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Catcher Jose Trevino was optioned to Double-A Frisco. And yesterday, outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Round Rock.
The big news, of course, is the return of Andrus. He missed over two months of action after suffering a fractured right elbow on April 11 when he was hit by a 97 MPH fastball. Andrus had gotten off to a good start, batting .327/.426/.500 in 61 plate appearances.
Jurickson Profar handled shortstop while Andrus was out and did an adequate job. While his defense was subpar according to the metrics, he hit .243/.315/.456 across 267 trips to the plate. With Andrus back, Profar will likely slide back into a utility role for the Rangers.