How do you know that the acquisition of a veteran means something to his new teammates?
I’ve gotta think it is when they go bang their Twitter accounts and talk about it.
And no…I’m NOT talking about Brett Favre.
Tuesday afternoon, the Texas Rangers brought home one of their favorite sons (and possibly the greatest catcher ever) Ivan Rodriguez.
So what did his teammates have to say about "Pudge"?
Jason Grilli: Got an old teammate coming to the Rangers! More excitement here in Arlington! Welcome back Pudge.
CJ Wilson: Pudge? WOW! I think we hold the record for most gold gloves on one roster now
And yes, there is some merit to what Wilson has to say. With Rodriguez’s 13 Gold Gloves back into the fold, the Rangers now have a roster that boasts 35 Gold Gloves! That's 13 for "Pudge", 11 for Omar Vizquel, 10 for Andruw Jones and one for Michael Young.
"You always want to come back where you started," Rodriguez told reporters prior to Tuesday night's contest against the Twins. "It has been a long time. This would be a great place to finish my career. I'm very excited to be back."
But while Grilli and Wilson are applauding the return of the 37 year-old backstop…our friends over at Astros County think something is fishy about the economics.
For the record, Rodriguez is expected to back up Taylor Teagarden…but we’ll see how long that lasts.