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Daniels Doesn't Get His Man; But He Gets "IT" Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Tue, Nov 22, 2005, 07:14 PM

Often times we learn more about people when times are tough than when things are going well. Personally, I found out a lot about Rangers GM Jon Daniels today.

As I’m sure you know, the Rangers made a major attempt to get Josh Beckett from the Florida Marlins. Things did not work out. The Rangers didn’t get their ace. And Jon Daniels didn’t complete the first big trade of his reign.

When details of this trade were leaked over the weekend, fans around the Metroplex were very excited. Excited that the Rangers were finally going to address a hole in their rotation. Excited that the Rangers were going to make a bold move to succeed.

When the trade fell through yesterday, those feelings of anticipation and excitement turned into feelings of “…been there done that…” and “…not this again!” This isn’t the first time the Rangers have only gotten close to getting their ace. Do you remember when Randy Johnson chose Arizona over Texas? Or, when Tom Hicks was so convinced that Roger Clemens was going to sign?

And, as bad as the fans felt, I can promise you that no one felt worse than Jon Daniels. Here’s a young man who was about to put his stamp on this franchise. He was going to bring a pitching ace into the Ballpark. Something no other Rangers GM had been able to do. And, in the matter of 24 hours the deal fell through.

As bad as he felt, Daniels took the time to answer my questions today. He was actually conducting a staff meeting this morning when we called to have him on the show. Instead of turning us down or asking us to call back at a better time, Daniels stopped down the meeting to come on the show and explain what went wrong with the trade.

There were any number of excuses Daniels could have used to avoid talking to the media today. The winter meetings are about to start. This is a very busy time for a GM. And Daniels and his staff have a lot of work to do. But instead of hiding in his office, hiding behind his work, Daniels is answering questions. You may not like the answers but you’ve got to like the fact that he’s answering them.

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