April 2022 Newsletter

2022 season features surprises, success at midway point

Column by George Watson

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Where Are They Now

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"The contract was so good," Gray said earlier this month, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette. "It felt great to have someone say, 'We think you are this good and this is why. We are going to help.'"

The Rangers other offseason moves – including signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien – spoke volumes to Gray about the team’s focus on competitiveness and winning.

"They want to change the whole culture," Gray told The Gazette. "It was something I really wanted to be a part of. I don't want to walk out of this game only knowing one thing and wondering if things could have been different."

As Gray prepared for his Opening Day start, he spoke of how things have already changed with his new team and a new perspective.

"I feel like my command has gotten a little better," Gray told SI.com. "I don't want to see myself nitpick. I want to go in and attack the zone. I think that will really set the tone for the rest of the game. … I think (setting the tone) is going to be key — with this series and with the whole season. I think it's important to have a good presence on Opening Day."

But focusing on the entirety of a 162-game season will be crucial for Gray, and the Rangers, to have the sort of success they want.

"I try not to have too many expectations," Gray told SI. "Obviously, expect to win and expect to do well, but not get caught up in my imagination of how everything is going to be. ... Things may not go your way sometimes, but just having a good presence and be a guy that doesn't get affected by the things out of your control. Just go out there, do your best and pitch your game."

And with a new home, a new team and new teammate, Gray said he’s enjoying the ride.

"It feels really new and really fresh," Gray said. "But I know the guys I'm going to battle with are really good. I think we're a really solid team. It's going to be a lot of fun."

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