David Murphy still makes his way to Schmaltz’s Sandwich Shop in downtown Waco a few times a year. He still grabs an occasional coffee at Common Grounds. And he’ll tour Baylor Ballpark, essentially the birthplace of his pro career, anytime he can.
From that standpoint, life isn’t much different than when Murphy was a star for the Baylor baseball team over a decade ago. Now, though, he’s one of the most influential pieces on a Texas Rangers jerseys team that recently went to back to back World Series. Murphy, who joined the Rangers jerseys in 2007, played no small part in each of those runs.
The Rangers jerseys rolled through Waco on their statewide caravan tour Friday for a meet and greet with fans at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Academy Sports and Outdoors. A long line of red and blue lined up to snag a glimpse and get an autograph with a number of the Rangers jerseys’ most influential pieces.
Players cheap Derek Holland jersey, cheap Josh Lindblom jersey and cheap Brandon Snyder jersey joined Murphy in Waco. Bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, television play by play announcer Steve Busby and radio broadcaster Matt Hicks also made appearances.
Murphy got to savor this particular tour stop more than most. The 31 year old outfielder is fresh off a career season in which he batted .304, hit 15 home runs and drove in 61 runs in a career high 147 games. And with cheap Josh Hamilton jersey gone to the Angels jerseys, Murphy, who signed a one year deal in the offseason, only figures to get more time on the field in 2013.
“It’s always fun, I love coming back here,” Murphy said Friday at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, where several Rangers jerseys players hosted a fan banquet. “It’s a special place, a sentimental place for me. I come back here and there’s just a lot of great memories anywhere I go in the city of Waco, on campus or wherever.”
The Rangers jerseys are still feeding off the buzz of their last few successful seasons. After a long period of decline, the Rangers jerseys’ shrewd offseason dealings and deep farm system have made the team one of baseball’s elite over the past few seasons, notably after World Series runs in 2010 and 2011. That’s never been more evident to the players than during this caravan.
“It’s been amazing,” Holland said. “It’s a great experience. You get to reach out to the fans that don’t necessary get to come out and see us in Arlington. So for us to reach out to them and show them that they mean a lot to us and they actually help us out with what we do on the field is huge. And to interact with them is even better.”
The Rangers jerseys’ 2012 season was hardly an abject failure, but it was tough for the team not to trudge off into the offseason with a note of disappointment lingering in the air. The Rangers jerseys blew a five game AL West lead over the Oakland A’s with nine games to play, ending their two year reign atop the division in bitter fashion.
The meltdown was complete when the Rangers jerseys lost a do or die, wild card playoff to the Baltimore Orioles jerseys at home, 5 1, on Oct. 5. Despite leading the AL West for nearly the entire season and finishing with 93 wins, the Rangers jerseys lost nine of their final 13 games and ended the year with a sour taste.
Despite the loss of players like Hamilton, Michael Young and cheap Mike Napoli jersey, the expectations in 2013 are again leveled toward the World Series.
“I think 2012 was definitely a positive season,” Snyder said. “(Coach cheap mlb jerseys Ron) Washington said it best, you’ll take 93 wins any day. It just so happens that there were some other teams that had 90 plus wins as well. That’s very rare, but we look at it as a positive and we’re ready to get back after it.”