What is the importance of a jersey number? Well this winter break Nelson Cruz and BIlly Butler did a lot of work to get the numbers that they wanted. As a fan, I have a combo of numbers that are important to me. 29(Rusty Greer) 2(month of my birthday and when I played my number) 11(the day I was born) and of course 16 Dean Palmer.
16 has been around the Ranger block. Scott Sheldon had it and I approved. He was a good utility player and did the number justice. It has been worn by coaches the last few years so it’s been a while since I’ve seen 16 at play on a Ranger uniform.
I love the MLB.tv app, I got to see my Rangers playing during Spring Training. I then saw 16 come up to bat and I felt a little jealous part come out. Ok there was a big giant monster. Who exclaimed
WHO DARE WEAR THE NUMBER OF DEAN PALMER!!!
Ok pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain.
In all seriousness, the number is now in the possession of Ryan Rua. Who played 28 games last year.
You can read more about him here: http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=607387#gameType=’R’§ionType=career&statType=1&season=2015&level=’MLB’
To this Ranger fan you have some big shoes to fill. I have faith in your abilities. Make me proud and do justice for 16.