When ‘The Show’ Calls

I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be called into the skipper’s office and be told that you’re going on your first major league assignment. This is the first step for guys who are ready to fulfill a life long dream of making it to their dream job. The place they’ve dedicated their lives to reaching. The Show.

The harsh reality that must be understood is that the chance to make it to the major leagues might not come. It might only happen once on a cool September day, and before you know it, you’re back on the farm. These calls from Arlington may be few and far between.Lets face it, this is the world of baseball. It’s a business. This means when the phone does start to ring that it’s time to make the most of it. It’s time to make every second last. Every pinch-hit at bat. Every opportunity to trot the bases on a big league diamond. Every do-or-die sliding catch. Most importantly, however, it’s time to remember to have fun up there, kid.

Let’s take a look at a few RoughRiders who were given the opportunity to chase a dream and make it a reality.

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1) INF Luis Sardinas

20-year-old Luis Sardinas was called up on Saturday April 19, 2014 and made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers the following day, which was an Easter Sunday afternoon contest against the Chicago White Sox. In the top of the eighth the switch-hitter was a defensive substitution for shortstop Elvis Andrus, another ‘Rider alum. Sardinas, batting with two-on and two-out, hit the first pitch he faced as a big leaguer up the middle to move over both runners, and hustled out the play at first for an infield single and his fist major league hit. He would play in three more games for the Rangers before returning to the RoughRiders in a move that brought Adrian Beltre off of the disabled list.

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2) RHP Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez made his major league debut in a spot start against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5, 2014. An injured Yu Darvish was scratched from his Opening Day start and moved everyone in the rotation up one day, which opened up the door for Martinez. The 6-1 righty went toe-to-toe with 2012 Cy Young Award Winner David Price to begin his service in the big leagues and impressed by giving Texas a quality start. Martinez was sent back down to Frisco, but the trip was short as he was recalled by the Rangers one minor league start later. He’s pitched in 16 major league innings, made two starts and has a 2.81 ERA.

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3) RHP Neil Ramirez (Chicago Cubs)

Neil Ramirez was sent to the Chicago Cubs in last season’s trade to add RHP Matt Garza to the Rangers’ starting rotation and made his major league debut on April 25, 2014 against, oddly enough, Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers. Funny how baseball works out sometimes, right? Ramirez has only pitched two major league innings, but his results look positive as he has yet to give up a hit against seven batters faced. His fist major league strike out was of slugger Ryan Braun.

Ramirez is the 110th RoughRider to earn a promotion to the ‘The Show’. Congratulations to these three men and I wish them the best of luck as they continue their careers. Arlington (or in the case of Neil Ramirez, Chicago) put in a call, and they’ve made the most of it.

-Cameron Varnau

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