09/28/2003 3:37 PM ET
Notes: Final words from Buck
ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Buck Showalter met with his team for the final time before Sunday's season finale against the Angels.
The manager would not discuss the specifics of the private meeting, but said he would address a number of topics.
He did say he is pleased with the progress of his young players and the contributions from his veterans. Although the team finished fourth in the American League West for the fourth consecutive time, Showalter said the club's effort never wavered.
"The effort from day one has been good," Showalter said. "I can only think of one or two days that I was frustrated because of lack of effort or focus. When the best player you have gives it everything he has every day, that helps."
Blue with Rangers Blue: It took less than one minute to recognize exactly who he was, but when the Rangers realized that Joseph Patrick Cranshaw, better known as Joseph "Blue" Pulasky from the movie "Old School," was in their clubhouse, several players erupted in laughter.
The Rangers often watch "Old School" when on the road and many recite the lines with the movie.
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
"It was really cool to me him in person," Hank Blalock said. "We've seen the movie a lot of times and he's one of our favorite characters so that made it pretty neat. Blue was pretty cool."
Cranshaw, 83, who came as a guest of Rangers television broadcaster Josh Lewin, shook hands and took photos with several players before heading into the Angels clubhouse. A handful of players -- and even Preston Palmeiro, the son of Rafael Palmeiro -- got into the spirit of the visit by shouting one of the most popular lines of the movie, "You're my boy, Blue."
Cranshaw offered Blalock some familiar words of encouragement before the All-Star infielder went on the field.
"Go out there and have a freaking good game, you pansy," he said with a laugh.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.