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03/28/2013

The manager of the Houston Astros once won a game for the Texas Rangers

Bo porterThe Major League Baseball season starts on Sunday, which means we are just short six months away from the start of the playoffs!

On Sunday night, your Texas Rangers professional baseball team will travel to Houston to play the Astros in an American League West rivalry game. As much as I hate to see the National League gone from the great state a' Texas - because the NL game is the better brand of baseball - I do love to see Texas and Houston play each other all the time.

The Astros are going absolutely suck this year, but they do have a nice little story in manager Bo Porter, who played for the Rangers in 2001. He is a good guy and deserves a better roster to see how well he can actually manage a game, and a team.

Bo was a utility player for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A's and Rangers from 1999 to 2001. He appeared in 89 big league games and batted .214 with two home runs and 8 RBIs.

Here is one of the most tragic wastes of brain matter in recorded history - I vividly recall his second home run.

By the time the Rangers faced the A's on July 1 in 2001 in Arlington the home team was way out of first place, everyone was mad because in Alex Rodrguez's first year with the club the team was terrible.

This game was delayed 90 minutes by rain, and by the middle of the fifth inning A's starter Mark Mulder was running over all of the Rangers hitters. Rangers starter Rick Helling was effective, but the A's led 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Rangers had two on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth when Porter came to the plate to face Mulder. This next part is true: Mulder was laboring, and I was watching the game in the press box thinking, "Porter is going to hit a home run."

Porter fell behind 1-2 in the count before hitting a long drive down the left field line that just barely cleared the fence for a three-run home run.

"Anytime you hit a game-winning home run, it's exciting," Porter said after the game.

They were the last RBIs in Porter's career.

The Rangers improved to 32-48 with the win. That A's team featured Mulder, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Jason Giambi, Miquel Tejada, Eric Chavez, Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye. They would win 102 games.

After this game, Porter would have four more big league hits and appear in 14 more big league games.

He eventually made it back to the bigs as a manager.

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