Monthly Archives: July 2016

Michael Young is Why I Always Wear a Glove.


It was 2001 and I was working at the Rangers, I had some down time, so I went to see the Rangers warm up. Others had gathered around near dugout, I am walking down the stairs slowly, this was April or May and I had knee surgery in the past December.

As I walk down, I hear the Rangers team screaming “LOOK OUT!! LOOK OUT!!!” There is a baseball shot from the hand of a rookie, it was supposed to be caught by the high price big bat, but the rookie had overthrown.

I should note I learned something this day when ballplayers are playing catch, they are not playing catch like you and I play catch, they are trying to warm up their arms, so the throws are hard and fast. I was holding my glove and no way could have gotten it on time.

I had no choice hit the dirt or be hit by the ball, the concrete stairs looked much better than the baseball. I dove, and the ball hit the back of the chair in the stands and sounded like a gun went off. and bounce back on the field. It was my first time to meet Alex Rodriguez, he came over to make sure we were ok. In the distance, was the rookie, with a panic look on his face, I and so was everyone else was ok and no one had been hit by the wayward ball.

I even told “Alex, hey can you wait till I get my glove on?”

He responded “you should have had it on to begin with”

“Well, I thought you were going to catch the ball.” I said

“Bet you won’t make that mistake again.” and with a wink he is gone.

I waved at at Michael Young, to show I was ok and he waved back and went back to throwing accurate warm up tosses.

This is one my favorite stories to tell, usually the title is how Michael Young tried to kill me. It was the day I learned if you are near a baseball always wear a glove.

Congrats Michael Young on being inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.

Frank Catalanotto: Baseball and Vascular Birthmarks


Baseball and vascular birthmarks don’t sound like two things that go together, but in 1999, both would collide in Frank Catalanotto’s world. In 1999, Frank was in the third year of his 14-year major league career and welcomed daughter Morgan into his world. Things should have been great, but Morgan had a spot on her nose that would later be diagnosed as a vascular birthmark called a hemangioma.


I had a wonderful opportunity to interview Frank, who started the 2000 season with the Texas Rangers after being part of the trade that sent Juan Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers, and talk about baseball and what he is doing to put an end to vascular birthmarks. I asked him what some of his fondest memories were with the Rangers.

 I loved coming to the Ballpark in Arlington (now called Globe Life Park) to play baseball. It has always been my favorite ballpark to play in because not only does it have so much character but the fans were always so passionate about the game and in my mind some of the best fans in baseball. I’ll never forget the batting title race in 2001 and also setting the Rangers record for consecutive hits (10) and consecutive times on base (13).

Frank tied for fifth in the American League in hitting in 2001, with a .330 AVG. He spent three seasons with the Rangers before heading to the Toronto Blue Jays, but he would find his way back to the Rangers for two more seasons, 2007 and 2008. He would finish his career with a year with the Milwaukee Brewers and his final year with the New York Mets.

And what happened with his daughter Morgan? In Frank’s words:

 In 1999, my oldest daughter Morgan was born with a vascular birthmark on her nose called a hemangioma. After much research and a few laser surgeries for Morgan, my wife and I started the Frank Catalanotto Foundation. We have since raised funds for surgeries and have promoted awareness about these vascular birthmarks which if left untreated can spread rapidly. Each year, we host a golf tournament on Long Island which helps raise money for the cause.  
It bears repeating: He and his wife have done research and started a foundation that helps pay for surgeries. Each year, the Frank Catalanotto Foundation picks a lucky family and pays for the entire surgery. This can-do attitude was also important in his baseball career and a cornerstone of his book, “Heart and Hustle,” and I asked him what his motivation was to write it.
 I wrote the book because I felt like I had a lot experiences that I could share that would help out some young baseball players. Being a student of the game, I wrote down everything I learned throughout my minor league and major league career. I realized that had I known more about the game at a young age, I would have been much better off.
I had to ask Frank if he would ever come back to baseball and what role he would like.
 At some point I may want to get back into the game. Possibly as a hitting coach. Currently I am enjoying spending time with my four girls and watching them grow up. Once they are older, I may look into coaching.
Frank now swings a golf club instead of a baseball bat, to help raise money for the Frank Catalanotto Foundation. This year’s outing will be Monday, Aug. 1, at Old Westbury Country Club on Long Island, New York. Visit for more information and to donate to the Frank Catalanotto Foundation.

OTOGH: Rangers Need A Break


The Rangers may have won tonight but they didn’t look sharp from a error by Profar to a short outing from Hamels. The Rangers need a break!

Ok it started with the Yankees but we lost to the Twins, and now Boston, while there were a few games won here and there. The Rangers played a lot of baseball this month and are in need of a break.…

Source: OTOGH: Rangers Need A Break