Contest winners.

It would be slightly gauche this morning to revisit Rangers 11, Angels 10 from August 1 or to talk about various Los Angeles beat writers asking Angels players to comment on whether that game meant more than just one of 162, particularly in hindsight given that the loss fronted a Los Angeles tailspin that now sits at nine losses out of 12.

It would be tastelessly off-topic to devote space in a Rangers-centric blog to Peter Gammons tweeting this morning that “All considered – especially with Trout MVP and Weaver possible Cy Young – the Angels are a bigger disappointment now than Boston.  Starting P.”

It would be somewhat premature to discuss the Rangers’ bench, which is temporarily short a middle infielder, the “reasonable chance” that Jurickson Profar is about to come up here and balance things, and the pros and cons of such a move.

It would be sort of strange to devote 1000 words on why Rangers fans would do well to understand the history of Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder Wladimir Balentien, who hails from the same Willemstad, Curacao hometown as Profar, even though none of the 1000 words would have anything to do with Profar.

It would be practically pointless to speculate on what potential impact players around the league might have been run out on revocable waivers on Sunday, opening a waiver period for those players that closes early this afternoon, with the Rangers having jumped ahead of the Yankees last night in claim priority as a result of New York 8, Texas 2.

I don’t have the energy this morning because I spent hours late last night sorting through more than 700 entries that you guys submitted for the Rangers DVD set contest.

The winners:

  • Oldest Rangers tickets: Steve Clark (Opening Day 1972), Ron Nelson (April 25, 2972), and Ken Carroll (June 24, 1972)
  • Closest to Ryan Dempster’s line from last night: Aaron Hiler (5.1 innings, nine hits, eight runs, six earned runs, two walks, five strikeouts, two home runs, 91 pitches)
  • First Rangers home run: Russell Carter and Chris Karhu (David Murphy, 397 feet)
  • Best tweet: Brett Meacham (“Angels and their ‘too many good players’ are baseball’s version of the Philadelphia Eagles ‘Dream Team’  #gloops”)

The theme of Brett’s tweet was by far the most common of the hundreds of entries.  It wasn’t close.

Congrats to the seven winners and thanks to the hundreds of you who entered.  If I wasn’t buried in pitching line submissions and ticket stub photos to sift through, I might not have stayed up late enough to listen to just about every pitch of Cleveland 6, Los Angeles 2, an ugly loss to a woeful team in the opener of an important home series for a club that’s not doing so well right now.

It took some of the sting out of the Rangers loss, and I’m ready to go today, with my only disappointment this morning being that Gammons didn’t finish his tweet with a timely #gloops, or #itisitis.  That 140-character limit can be cruel and unforgiving.

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