MURF’S TIME TO SHINE

     I have always said that David Murphy was one of the, if not the nicest guy ever to walk through the doors at McCoy Stadium.  I felt he had the “goods” to be an outfielder in Boston. Needless to say, I was very disappointed when he was traded to Texas along with Kason Gabbard for Eric Gagne back in July of 2007.  While Sox fans may have been displeased, David himself, was ecstatic, returning to his home state.  While Murf was with the PawSox, we regularly corresponded with his parents, as well as his Grandma Jean.  The 28 year old outfielder has become a regular cog in the Rangers’ machine and his biggest contributions ever came on Saturday in Game 2 of the Ameican League Championship Series against the Yankees, a 7-2 Texas win

     In the second inning, David blasted a solo home run off starter and loser Phil Hughes.  An inning later, he doubled in a run.  The Rangers kept their foot on the throat of the Yankees, rebounding after the heartbreaking loss in Game 1 of the series.  It will be a game apiece as the Rangers send Cliff Lee to the hill in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.  When the spotight shone brightest, Murf came through.  Hopefully, he can continue to swing the bat that way and the Rangers can make their first trip to the World Series.

     I’ve often said that most of the players I encounter are good guys.  They say and do the right things when the camera or tape recorder is on.  They are, after all regular guys.  Young, talented and in a lot of cases, rich.  David Murphy is an exception.  He always said and did the right thing.  Whether you were in a crummy restaurant eating lunch, or on an all-night bus ride to God knows where,  Murf always was a gentleman.  That is one of the reasons we all should revel in his new-found fame and success.  Some guys never get the chance to do what he did on Satrurday.  Others get the opportunity and can’t come through.  Baseball is not an easy game.  

     David and his wife Andrea are parents to two young daughters.  They’re probably too young to understand what “Daddy” did on Saturday afternoon.  But they will know someday.  What they are learning right now from David, is how to be a good person.  I have absolutely no doubt that he’s a good father.  He is cut from the right kind of cloth.  I watched Javier Lopez pitch for San Francisco on Saturday night.  I saw Kelly Shoppach (Murphy’s former teammate at Baylor University) catch for Tampa.  The 2010 postseason is littered with former PawSox players.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am happy for all their success.  I’m just a little bit happier for David Murphy.  He’s a great guy, and he did it to New York.

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