"On Earth as it is in Texas"
Texans love Texas. If you don’t believe me, just check out the discography of pretty much every band and/or singer-songwriter from the Lone Star State.
George Strait said he wouldn’t be an American “If It Wasn’t for Texas,” Bob Wills “Can’t Get Enough of Texas,” Lyle Lovett tells us “You’re Not From Texas” but Texas wants us anyway, Nanci Griffith has a “Lone Star State of Mind,” Alan Jackson gets down on his knees and proclaims “God Bless Texas,” Mark Chesnut told us we can “Blame it on Texas,” and Kinky Friedman is “Proud to Be an A$$hole from El Paso.” Pat Green took the easy route and simply wrote the catch-all “Songs About Texas.”
But my favorite of the bunch is the Deryl Dodd tune referenced in the above headline. It’s wonderfully sacriligeous.
I haven’t done the research just yet, but I think it’s reasonably safe to assume there are more songs written about Texas than there are about, say, Rhode Island.
I’ve been getting my fill of Texas tunes the last couple days, as my rental car is disappointingly devoid of XM or Sirius satellite radio. Meanwhile, today’s lineup is devoid of Victor Martinez. Eric Wedge said Martinez’s hamstring soreness bothers him more against left-handed pitchers, so he opted to sit him against A.J. Murray tonight.
INDIANS (26-31): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, DH Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Casey Blake, RF Franklin Gutierrez, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte. RHP Tom Mastny makes his first big-league start. Mastny made 56 starts in the Minors before converting to relief work in ’06.
RANGERS (29-30): 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Michael Young, CF Josh Hamilton, RF Milton Bradley, DH David Murphy, LF Brandon Boggs, 1B Frank Catalanotto, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Ramon Vazquez. LHP A.J. Murray.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Wedge is hoping to get five innings out the combination of Mastny and Jensen Lewis tonight. That would allow him to manage the rest of the game as if it was a somewhat normal night. Expect Lewis to get sent right back down after the game so he can go back to refining his mechanics at Buffalo.
- The Indians’ RBI leaders are Casey Blake (36) and Grady Sizemore (30). Combined, they have just one more RBI than the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton (65).
- Going into last night’s game, Aaron Laffey had allowed just three hits to left-handed batters over six starts. He gave up two hits to lefties on the Rangers.
- Blake is the only AL player with a seven-RBIs game this season. He is now batting .375 with three homers and nine RBIs over his last six games.
- According to Elias, Blake has as many (2) or more seven-RBIs games as Hank Aaron (0), Barry Bonds (1), Stan Musial (2), Willie Mays (1), Mel Ott (1) and Carl Yastriemski (0), all of whom are on the top 10 of the all-time RBI list.
- Jhonny Peralta is taking a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. He’s batted .359 with three homers and four RBIs during the streak.
- Jeremy Sowers was named the International League pitcher of the week after going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts. He is 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA on the year at Buffalo. Expect to see him in the Tribe rotation in the next week.