Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez, one of the best all-time catchers for the Rangers, was elected to the club’s Hall of Fame today as it’s official 16th member.
In honor of Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez’s retirement ceremony at Rangers Ballpark tonight, New School’s Jasmine wrote and performed a song for the catching legend.
‘Pudge’ plans to announce his retirement on Monday, ending a 21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher.
In the mind of at least one Rangers fan (the author), Ivan Rodriguez will always be a 19-year-old called up from Oklahoma City so fast he had to postpone his wedding. He’ll always be the pudgy kid who earned his nickname for a reason, and will always be the catcher with the magic arm that almost picked off Rickey Henderson at second base on July 2, 1991.