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Ranger Of The Week: Nelson Cruz

By Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.com
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145469758 Ranger Of The Week: Nelson Cruz

ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 30: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers fields a fly against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 30, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – If you were anywhere near the ballpark last Friday night, you heard the blast.  Everyone had just got comfortable from standing after the 7th inning stretch when it happened.  Personally, I had just walked back to my seat and resumed my conversation with TXA 21’s Joel Thomas when the bat cracked.

Nelson Cruz hit a monster 428 foot home run Friday night.  Not terribly out of the ordinary, except the bases were loaded.  The capacity crowd erupted, the fireworks boomed, and Cruz’s name entered deeper into Rangers lore as one of the big hitters.

His ‘Boomstick‘ has been a factor in an otherwise dismal Rangers week.  Cruz is hitting .320 with 3 home runs (including Friday’s bomb) 11 runs batted in and 5 runs on his own.

And fans are loving him for it, like the kid Joel Thomas spotted wearing this:

586568832 Ranger Of The Week: Nelson Cruz

We’ve got a few honorable mentions to pass around this week.  First goes to Roy Oswalt for bringing the buzz before he ever sets foot on the rubber in the center of the Ballpark.  He signed with the Rangers Tuesday and will start his first game at Round Rock on Saturday.

Greggo’s nod this week goes to the man who brings the fun every home game, Chuck Morgan.  “He never has a bad game,” the healing host said of the voice of the team and inventor of the dot race.

We wish the same about never having a bad game could be said for the Rangers, which is why the final honorable mention goes to Derek Holland’s now-former mustache.  The Dutchstache went to the great lip in the sky Wednesday.  In its last public appearance it gave a crop-topped Holland an easy advantage in Friday’s 14-3 owning of the Blue Jays.  But then it was gone, taking the power with it as fresh-faced Derek struggled early Wednesday and gave up 8 runs before he was pulled.  Rest in peace peach-fuzz mustache, hopefully we’ll see you again in the World Series.

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