Ian Desmond is quickly becoming a go-to guy in the Texas Rangers clubhouse. And his signing in late February becomes a bigger steal with each and every game.
Not only for his performance on the field, which has been stellar the past two weeks (.379 batting average, seven RBI), but his personality off the field. He’s at his locker willing to talk after tough losses and spoke honestly when he started the season slowly. He talks often about how much he loves his new teammates and how players such as Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo were the reason he was attracted to Texas as a free agent.
We believe in each other. We believe in our approach. And our defense has been nails.
Rangers OF Ian Desmond
“This all started in spring training. We made a commitment to each other that we were going to grind it out,” Desmond said after Tuesday’s miraculous comeback. “The last three are evidence of it but whether it’s the first game or the 34th game. We’re all bought in and it’s going to be an exciting summer here in Texas.”
The Rangers signed him for $8 million, a bargain for a former all-star shortstop who had twice turned down deals worth double that from the Nationals. He has seven RBI and seven hits in the past four games and his defense in the outfield has been excellent, especially considering he had virtually never played there in his life.
.379 Ian Desmond’s batting average the past week when he collected 11 hits, a home run and seven RBI.
Plus, he’s always available to brighten the day of young fans, like Austin, a 10-year-old Make-A-Wish patient who spent Tuesday afternoon hanging out with Desmond, watching batting practice, and seeing inside the clubhouse.
After the Rangers wild comeback that night, Desmond broke away from the craziness of the night’s win to show off his neurofibromatosis wrist band a young fan gave him to wear last week in Chicago. May is neurofibromatosis awareness month and Desmond hoped to spread the word.