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Claw and Antlers Shirts

The Texas Rangers Claw and Antler shirts are not available online. If you see someone selling them, they are fake. At least for now.

Fans can pre-order the shirts at the Majestic gift shop at the Ballpark or at the Rangers stores in Dallas and Fort Worth. You can also order them by phone at 817-273-5015.

They come in small – XXL and cost $26 each. No confirmation on price increase for larger sizes yet. The shirts are made by Nike and should be avaiable in late September.

Also available to preorder are foam claw for $9.

No word on Antler hats or anything else.

For the story on the Claw and Antlers, check here.


Getting Back in Gear

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It seems that I have had an infulx in Texas Rangers fan stop by my little blog, and frankly that makes me happy that I can share some Ranger love with some folks.

That being said, I am coming off a several week long binge of finding myself hating the Rangers. Now, before any panties get twisted, my loyalties are (and always will be) with the Rangers. I have just been dissapointed with their choices for trades. At first it was Bengie Molina, but then he got on my good side after going full cycle a while back. Then it was Cliff Lee, who I disliked at first because of his first two outings as a Ranger. They must’ve ordered him a uniform that was too tight and then got him a new one, because now he plays like everyone says he does. And I like that.

Moving right along, I have yet to see any particular reason to start liking Cantu or Guzman. I’m sure they fit will in Washington and Miami, but neither of them seems to have the same energetic panache as, say, Nelson Cruz or Elvis Andrus. Hell, even Michael Young and CJ Wilson look like they’re having more fun than those two (though admitedly, Cantu is more energetic than Guzman), and they’re two of the most serious and focused guys in the normal lineup!

Now, to show my fairness here, I remember saying to my girlfriend when Nelson Cruz finally came back that I was afraid that it would mess up the working chemestry on the field. We were used to seeing Borbon, Hamilton, and Murphy in the outfield, and I worried that things might not click. Lucily, that wasn’t the case. Cruz is still just as much a part of the team as ever, though his immediate future is unclear due to an injury.

When you compare our lineup now to a month or a month and a half ago, you’d barely recognize it. Gone are the days of Kinsler and Davis, but as much as I loved Davis, his batting was lackluster at best. Gone also are the days of Treanor and Ramirez. Now we see Molina, Cantu, occasionally Moreland, Guzman (though now on the DL), and more of Blanco.

Moreland is one that I like. He’s great at the plate. Not too antsy and is willing to be patient without sacrificing precision. Blanco isn’t bad at all, but he’s no Ian Kinsler. I suppose I am being too hard on Guzman and Cantu, but until proven otherwise, I just don’t think they fit well with the Texas Rangers.

And now that there are actual hopes for more than just a mediocre season, I want the Rangers to be every bit as good as they were in June! I want another 11 game winning streak! I want Hamilton to have another twenty some-odd game streak where he hit safely. I want Vlad to get his head back in the game!

Basically, I want the Rangers to go all the way to the World Series and have a shot at winning it. That’s not too much to ask, right?

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Texas Rangers Claw and Antlers

Texas Rangers Claw/Antlers Shirts info.

If you’re wondering about the Claw/Antler shirts, they are available at the Texas Rangers stadium. I bought one for myself as well as my girlfriend for $26 each.

They are awesome.

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No doubt there are some Yankee fans wondering after last night’s close game where the Rangers bested the Yankees 4-3. There was one play in particular in which an unlikely Ranger gave the Antlers a couple of times, and that Ranger was CJ Wilson.

CJ made a dive to get the out at first, and when he stood up he stoicly gave the Antler sign. I was very pleased to see his reaction, as he seems to be a very fun guy. Well, off the field that is. On the field he is focused, unwavering, and calm. Off the field, as proven by his occasionaly live video chats (which, ironically, he is holding one as I write this), he is lively, funny, and willing to make fun of himself.

Without sounding ilke I wanna kiss the guy, it was pleasing to get to see him give the Antlers.

The explanation of their antics vary. Tommy Hunter revealed that there are also varying degress of the signs depending on the play. If a batter hits a single he’ll look over to the dugout and give a quick Claw motion and get his head back inthe game. If he were to have got a double with an RBI then the Claw would be more dramatic and would include a huge smile. Some reports say that Nelson Cruz came up with the Claw and that he also has a sound to go with it.

The Antlers are for base running or great hussle. I read Josh Hamilton’s explanation once where he claimed that several of the guys are hunters and that was the genesis of the Antlers, but the whole truth is shrouded in mystery. If Andrus steals second and nearly gets caught by the catcher, then he might give the Antlers to the dugout or vice versa. If Young hits a triple but has to slide into third, you’ll probably see the Antlers instead of the Claw because of his hussle.

Andrus and Kinsler exchange... something.

So there is a partial explanation for The Claw and The Antlers. This is a great team that loves to play baseball with each other. Pay close attention to these guys and you’ll see that the Claw and the Antlers are not their only sign. Some of them actually have ellaborate handshakes and high fives! Just remember this:

The Claw is for hits.

The Antlers are for hussle.

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