Sorry to see you
Texas Rangers catcher Brett Nicholas was hoping Nick Tepesch wasn’t at his wedding.
When Nicholas married his longtime girlfriend on Oct. 12 he expected one of his groomsmen would still be playing with the Rangers in the playoffs.
But Tepesch, a Rangers right-handed pitcher, was available because, well, you know.
“I told him I hope he doesn’t come,” said Nicholas, who became good friends with Tepesch while they were teammates at Missouri. “I told him, if you’re there, it’s great for the wedding. But we’re planning on you not being there and you guys making it to the World Series this year.”
Nicholas, 25, and his wife, Rachel, began dating when he was a sophomore at Pinnacle High School, north of Phoenix. He’s enjoying being in his hometown for spring training, where his family and friends can easily watch him play.
“I was fortunate enough to play in the fall league [here] and they were able to come out to a lot of games,” he said. “Having your mom and dad and your siblings, and now my wife, at the games makes it easy to come to the field every day and know you have family surrounding you, as well as the family that’s within the locker room, too.”
He’s a proud former Scottsdale Junior College Fighting Artichoke, for whom he was recruited by former Missouri and TCU assistant coach Tony Vitello.
“Everybody kind of gives us a hard time because we’re the Fighting Artichokes, but we embrace it and we love it,” he said about the unusual nickname. “It’s almost so bad it’s awesome.”
Word from Wash
“We’re going to shock the world. The first win of the season, watch what we do. We’re working on it.” — Rangers manager Ron Washington on what he and new bench coach Tim Bogar will do to celebrate wins in place of the hug that Washington and former coach Jackie Moore used.