You’ve probably seen him making the long, embarrassing walk to the Texas Rangers’ bullpen, complete with the pink cowgirl backpack, stuffed horse, plastic rifle, sheriff’s vest, and cowboy hat.
Texas Rangers‘ rookie relief pitcher, Robbie Ross, is taking his rookie hazing like a pro; even more impressive, however, is his performance on the mound so far this season for the Rangers’ bullpen, which is currently one of the best, in baseball.
Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2008 MLB draft, Ross has spent the last 3 years in the Rangers’ minor leagues, never rising above Double-A ball. However, after a stellar spring this year in which Ross pitched his way to a 1.50 ERA, with 11 strikeouts, 2 walks and just 2 earned runs in 12 innings, manager Ron Washington informed the 22-year-old lefty that he was being called up and had a spot on the Rangers’ final roster heading into the season.
The always-smiling Ross, who has already won teammates and fans over with his happy, humble, and “roll-with-the-punches” attitude, describes how he felt upon getting the news as “utter shock.”
In his relief appearance against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, Ross, the only lefty in the Rangers’ bullpen, went 2.2 innings, giving up no hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out 2 and helping lead the Rangers’ to a series win over the Yankees.
He picked up his fourth win of the season in just six appearances.
In fact, according to the Fox Southwest post-game show, he is the first relief pitcher in MLB history do so.
So far this season, Ross has an impressive 2.25 ERA, and has been a very valuable piece in the Rangers’ bullpen.
Every time he takes the mound, you can see how much fun he’s having living out his dream, and so far, he’s doing it in incredibly impressive fashion.
Cowboy hat and all.