The sons of former Rangers teammates Rusty Greer and Bobby Witt have excelled in the States Play Tournament
Back in the '90s, center fielder Rusty Greer and pitcher Bobby Witt helped form the backbone for the first Rangers team to reach the postseason. The third overall pick of the 1985 MLB Draft, Witt spent 11 seasons in Texas and showed signs of greatness before departing in an August 1992 trade to the A's ...
... only to return in a deal with the Marlins in 1995. He threw just shy of 200 innings when the Rangers won the 1996 American League West division title.
Meanwhile, Greer was drafted in 1990 and debuted four years later with a splash. His tremendous defense in center helped secure Kenny Rogers' perfect game on July 28, 1994:
Greer spent his entire nine-year career with the Rangers, hitting .305/.387/.478 in 1,027 games and helping the Rangers capture the AL West flag alongside Witt in 1996. Witt was dealt in June 1998, but Greer played a pivotal role in securing the Rangers' division crowns both later that season and in 1999.
You might ask, "How is this relevant to baseball in 2018?" As fate would have it, there is another generation of Texas baseball highlighted by Witts and Greers -- this time, it's their sons.
Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. and second baseman Mason Greer are double-play partners for Colleyville Heritage High School and now find themselves also filling that role for Team Texas in the inaugural States Play Tournament at Globe Life Park. On Saturday, their fathers were in attendance as the duo showed off its defensive prowess in a 9-1 victory against Team California:
An inning later, the two were at it again. Witt doubled and came around to score on a single by Greer:
That's superb teamwork.
Witt also happens to be one of the top prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft. He has demonstrated why by going 5-for-10 with a pair of homers in the games on Friday and Saturday:
It has to be an amazing feeling for old pals Witt Sr. and Greer to catch up while watching their sons excel at the same craft.