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Former Ranger Clark sees promise
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07/11/2004 10:43 PM ET
Former Ranger Clark sees promise
Six-time All-Star thinks Texas is on the right track
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Will Clark donned a Rangers cap in the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. (Texas Rangers)
HOUSTON -- In his Major League playing days, Will Clark's teammates and opponents regarded him as a most intense competitor. At the 2004 Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, that reputation seemed certain to absorb a blemish.

"It'll definitely take a hit in this game," said Clark. "I've got to give advice to Jimmy Kimmel. When you're out there in a bench-clearing brawl, you cannot hit the guy with the same color jersey on. You've got to hit the other team."

The softball game featured celebrities and former players playing on the field at Minute Maid Park. Clark had, like the rest of the "competitors," a good time.

2004 All-Star Sunday

"This is a lot of fun, coming out here playing with the other [Legends] and the other celebrities." said Clark. "To come out and sign a few autographs, have some fun with the fans, this is what it's all about. It's good to be back in this kind of setting."

Clark played in six Major League All-Star Games, including 1994's contest during his five-year stint as a Ranger. He has not failed to notice the effort that has the current incarnation of his former team in first place going into this season's All-Star break.

"They've done a great job," he observed. "Their pitching's come around, and that's what has made all the difference in the world. [Hank] Blalock, and Michael Young, and [Mark] Teixeira and those guys, they're providing the offense, and the defense is doing well. But the rest of it is unbelievable right now, especially Kenny Rogers. He's doing a great job for them."

Rush Olson is creative director, media, for the Texas Rangers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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