10/14/10 11:55 AM ET
Claw, Antlers craze sweeps Lone Star State
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
"It has been pretty cool," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "People here in Texas have really grabbed hold of it. They enjoy it, so I enjoy it. As long as they are having fun, it's pretty exciting."The Claw -- basically, a long-distance high five -- originated with infielder Esteban German in the Minor Leagues. If a player gets a hit, his teammates will hold up their hands, form a claw and wave as a sign of congratulations. Then there's the "Antlers" -- both hands held up to the ears, palms outstretched. It represents a deer and is given to any player who uses his speed. "You show you are running like a deer," outfielder Julio Borbon said. Clubhouse manager Richard Price came up with a T-shirt with the Claw and Antlers -- also available at the gift shop -- and since then the craze has taken off. There is a Deer Cam and a Claw Cam at the Ballpark and websites devoted to them. People are coming to the Ballpark wearing foam claws and home-made antlers. "I love it because it's a true grassroots movement," Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg said.
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