Good Luck, Pudge

So long Pudge
Before Game 3 of the 2010 World Series. Pudge caught the opening pitch from Nolan Ryan, Source: Bryan Synder-Pool/Getty Images

In case you haven’t heard Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez officially retired as a player after 21 years in the MLB.  I think it was fitting that he announced his retirement in Arlington.  According, to an article  in the Dallas Morning News there is as strong possibility that Pudge will join the Rangers organization in some capacity.


4 Years Going on 5

Well it has been 4 years for this version of The Dee Zone.  In honor of that I thought I would share some of the highlights from the past 4 years.

Year 1 in Review July 2007-June 2008


07 July 2007: Dyslexia Explained

In recent months there has been much discussion about Dyslexia and its existence. Some experts claim that it does not exist. Yet dyslexia does exist. It is the most common cause of reading problems.One common misunderstanding is that dyslexia is simply seeing or reading things backwards. Dyslexia is much more than reversing letters it is a processing problem that can affect both written and spoken language. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as: “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.”  Read more…

frusboy.jpg24 August 2007: What Every Parent of A Child With Learning Disabilities Needs to Know

First learn about your child’s learning disability. Find out the symptoms or traits and problems this disability may cause. Be sure to keep a record of every meeting, test results and diagnosis your child has. More…

grad.jpg09 Nov 2007: A Well Rounded Education?

Our society has become obsessed with getting good test scores. Standardized test scores have become the most important benchmark for accessing the quality of schools, teachers and students. Unfortunately, this has created a school culture that focuses only on tests scores. Teaching to the tests and basic standards has led to the elimination of subjects that are deemed unnecessary. Education should be about preparing students for life not just passing a test. Read more …

Itchy tags 19 Dec 2007: Itchy Tag

I’m trying to work  but unfortunately I’m distracted by an itchy tag. There is nothing worse than creating the optimal work environment only to be distracted by something as trivial as an itchy tag. I just hate the little tags in the back of shirt collars. So, if one tag isn’t bad enough some shirts have a tag on the side as well. More…

ryan.gif11 Feb 2008: Why Roger Clemens Will Never Be as Great A Pitcher as Nolan Ryan!!!

A couple of years ago I read a discussion in the Houston Chronicle about Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan and who was the better pitcher.  Recent developments have convinced me that Nolan Ryan is and always will be a better pitcher. Here’s why. Read More …

27 March 2008: Sky Watch Friday: Here Come the Bats

This is from my first Sky Watch Friday. It is still one of my favorite photos.

The bats look more like transparent little kites. They are fruit bats at the U.F. bat house.

More on the bats.


David Crowder15 Apr 2008: More Thoughts on Christian Music

Last week I wrote a post about Christian Music. There were some comments about Christian musicians imitating secular musicians. One complaint I have heard many times is that some Christian musicians do not look very Christian. I believe that we should judge music by the lyrics. What message is it sending. More…

01 May 2008: Sky Watch Friday — Animal Kingdom

That tree is actually a person.

This is one of my favorite shots. Look closely the tree is really a person.
See more, including the sky shot.

Annoying people18 Jun 2008: Don’t Take This Personally

Recently, I had a conversation with someone that began with “don’t take this personally” and was followed by a very judgmental blanket statement. Of course, I was offended my character was being attacked. When I became upset the person said now I told you it was not personal. This person did not even understand why I would be upset. Apparently prefacing a personal attack with “don’t take personally” somehow absolves he/she from any responsibility. It is a free ticket for rudeness. The other contention I had with this individual was the use of blanket statements. More ranting…

Why Roger Clemens Will Never Be as Great A Pitcher as Nolan Ryan!!!

ryan.gifclemens2.jpgA couple of years ago I read a discussion in the Houston Chronicle about Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan and who was the better pitcher.  Recent developments have convinced me that Nolan Ryan is and always will be a better pitcher. Here’s why.

First there is that whole steroid thing. If you have been watching ESPN, the news or not hiding under a rock, you have probably heard about the recent steroid scandal that has rocked baseball. This week Clemens will appear in congressional hearing regarding his alleged use of steroids. Even if Clemens is cleared there will always be an asterisk by his name. There will still be that nagging thought in the back of your mind that maybe he did use performance enhancers.  Ryan has never been linked to performance enhancers. Ryan just doesn’t look like he has used them.

Another reason Ryan is a better pitcher is longevity. At 27 seasons Ryan has one of the longest careers in baseball history. As of 2007 Clemens has played 24 seasons. Ryan retired at the age of 46 making him one of the older players in the league. There have only been about 10 pitchers still playing at that age. Clemens turns 46 this year. Maybe he will pass Ryan on this one.

Overall Ryan has better stats. Ryan had 5,714 strikeouts almost 1,000 more than Clemens at 4,672. At 354 wins Clemens does have 30 more career wins than Ryans at 324 wins. However with 7 no-hitters Ryan has more than any other pitcher in history. Clemens doesn’t have any no-hitter games. Ryan averaged 9.55 strike out per 9-innings.  He is one of only three pictchers (1500+ innings) to average a strike out per inning. Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson are the other 2 pitchers. Ryan recorded 10 or more strikeouts in 215 games. He is also the oldest player to have 10+ strikeouts in a single game. Both Ryan and Clemens were named to the All-Century Team in 1999. 

Ryan is the only MLB player to have his number retired by 3 different teams: Texas Rangers, Houston Astros & California Angels. Good ole #34 is the first number retired by the Rangers. Of course, Ryan could easily be the greatest Rangers player ever.

It is my opinion that Ryan is clearly a better pitcher than Clemens. Yes, I know that Clemens has more wins but he never played for the Rangers. There were several years that Ryan had the lowest ERA but the Rangers had one of the worst records in the league. So what do you think?