Here’s The Deal…

I got doused with Powerade after the Rangers’ win over the Red Sox on Sunday. If you don’t follow the Rangers, you’re probably not aware that this is the Rangers’ bit. After every home win—for at least the last calendar year—they drench the guy doing the post game interview (or interviews) with a bucket full of Powerade. It’s what they do.

I’m not exactly sure why they do it. Check that, I do know. Because they think it’s fun. And it’s a long season. And they’re happy they won a game. And beyond that? Who cares? You might. I don’t. And neither do the 25 guys who actually play the games—and who actually get drenched.

You think it’s tired? Cool.

You think it’s over played? Awesome.

But it doesn’t matter. They dig it, and they’re going to keep doing it as long as they’re winning. These “overplayed” celebrations have no impact on anything—except the post-game interviews—and let’s be real, these aren’t exactly State of the Union addresses. Don’t get me wrong. I do my best to bring something to the post-game table, but in reality, people don’t want to hear from me, they want to hear from the players. And this is the Rangers’ post-game victory language.

I get those who look at it as a “respect issue”, and I appreciate those who are mindful of that and concerned about that, especially with the male-female dynamic. I’m sure that’s a factor in some of these post-game celebration cases, but it never is and never has been with me and the Rangers.

I take my job seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously. I’ve been around this team for a long time, and I have never felt disrespected by any of their post-game shenanigans. I have spent more hours than I can count in that clubhouse, talking to those guys—about baseball, about their families, about stupid stuff. I consider them friends (gasp!), and friends play tricks on each other. I like bits. Bits are fun.

The day before Rougned Odor got me, I poured a cup of ice cold water down his back during an interview in the dugout during batting practice. It was funny. Maybe not to you, but it was to those of us that were in the dugout—Rougie included.

Sunday, I brought a knife to a gun fight, pulling out my silly string to take on giant coolers full of Powerade and water. It didn’t work out quite the way I had envisioned, and I got soaked. Oh well. Who cares? I don’t. And if I don’t, you probably shouldn’t either.

Photo courtesy of Alan Rose

Photo courtesy of Alan Rose

Random Thought:

If you’re going to do the wave, please don’t do it in a close game.

Recipe:

Miss Vicky’s Easy Chicken & Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 dozen baby carrots
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 package of zesty Italian dressing mix

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a large casserole dish and cover with foil. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Seriously. That’s it. Enjoy!

18 thoughts on “Here’s The Deal…

  1. P1Rick

    Wonderfully expressed, and I agree wholeheartedly with your points, save one: straight guys watch the post-game to see your gun show.

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  2. Sundberg Fan

    I’ll tell you what’s fun, watching you and your interaction with the team and how loose everyone is and how much they seem to enjoy playing a game. I can no longer play due to numerous medical issues, but I’d give just about anything to play one more time…just one more game. Y’all enjoy it, and laugh, and you ask questions that are not ‘state of the union’ but which the fan wants to hear. You do an outstanding job and it is enjoyable. In fact, that you made light of last year’s ‘dress’ incident and made a commercial that made fun of that is hilarious. Keep up the great work, it is appreciated by a lot of us and I hope you’ll get someone to hold a bucket and douse the ones who do the dousing at some point during an interview. In fact, get the grounds crew to hit them with the hose just as they are starting to carry the buckets. That’d be funny. You’re awesome, keep being so.

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  3. Justin

    What a great attitude you have Emily. Good to see everyone having fun after a win and as a father with kids that play baseball, it’s good that they can see adults having fun.

    I refuse to do the wave at a baseball game but must be in the minority.

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  4. BL84

    Absolutely love this. Heard some national talking head preaching about this. I love this team and love the dynamic. “Never ever quit” what you do.

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  5. Deborah Mcdougle

    we love Emily just as much as the Ranger team! It’s a toss up of who I’d want my picture taken with ! By the way Emily, love the commercial !

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  6. Kev

    In our subreddit we have you’re referred to you as the 26th Texas Ranger. May I suggest a super soaker fight post win interview? (w/ or w/out Powerade)

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  7. Michael Miller

    Your Story on the PowerAde bath got me started & I couldn’t stop till I’d read `em all. I’m sure there are more eloquent ways to say this but: I appreciate your wholesome perspective (with hints of naïveté & full color language), easy & straight forward narrative, generosity & courage (in sharing the tales of Emily) And your connection to my beloved Texas Rangers. I’ve been a fan of your clubhouse interviews for a very long time.

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  8. Tamara Dirkse

    I love the dynamics of this team and your interviews! Don’t ever quit having fun! The talking heads, Magrane & Heyman, and other negative talkers either don’t get it, don’t know how to have fun or are just plain jealous of the fun this team is having while (gulp) WINNING! Go Rangers & Go Emily!! #nevereverquit

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  9. Michael Scott

    Emily, I think you’re awesome and you get it. It has to be fun. By the way, the “You’re killing me, Smalls.” to AB last night had me cracking up.
    As an illustration I offer Delino DeShields. I think he’s a great player and this isn’t a comment on his skills. Just before the Rangers sent him down he just looked plain miserable and defeated. No one- no team can win with that outlook. Note- i hope he finds himself and returns wherever strong.
    Watching this season as a long long time fan is fun at the park and on the air.
    As for the whiners, picking and poking fun is how families treat each other. Keep it up Em!

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  10. badarac

    I was making updates to the website this morning and got a chance to read this. You can imagine how many times I’ve wanted to do this! 😉

    Please thank Rougie for me!

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  11. Kim

    LOVE, Love ‘my’ Rangers!! Which happens to include you ‘up top’ Jones!! I actually borrowed your up-top fraise in my office! It is fun, the Rangers are fun, you make it fun and sometimes funny, especially drenched in Gatorade, I will say, red might be your color opposed to the blue! Just saying….

    Some folks are gonna be all waded up regardless, life is short, have fun!!

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  12. Laura Keenan

    Love my Rangers and their playfulness. We always look forward to see who is getting the Powerade bath after a win. You can really tell how much respect they have for you and you do an awesome job. Thank you!

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