But sometimes they get the glory, like Max Ramirez did last night. You've probably seen the play already (if you haven't, it can be seen as the last play on the embedded highlight reel here), but here's a first hand account from ShysterBall's Texas Bureau Chief, Royce the Hack, who was live on the scene:
OK, the Rangers lose tonight in Arlington to the Mighty Angels, 9-6. The box score will reveal some ugly business from Louis Mendoza, including three home runs. Two of them were waaaay over 400 ft - including one from Guerrero that was into the upper deck - 450 ft. plus. Impressive offense, but butt ugly pitching. Mendoza was yanked before the fifth out, but it was about five pitches too late.Thanks for the report, Royce. Keep this up and the news bureau will see that you get that transfer out of sweltering North Texas you've been bucking for.
Anyway, what wasn't ugly was a double play by Rangers catcher Max Ramirez. After being mowed over by Jeff Mathis at the plate and knocked four feet cleanly on his ass, Max lays on his back for maybe one second. Then, you can literally see him raise his head, shake it off, then in a snap, he springs up on his knees and fires a rope to Ramon Vasquez at third to catch Casey Kotchman, who was trying to sieze the moment from second. Mendoza just gave up too much right out of the gate, but that one play was worth watching the game for. It was as good a defensive play as you'll ever see.