What to look for in baseball, soccer and NFL Draft

It’s down the homestretch for TRU GRIT. Come out to support your men’s baseball team as they play their final home game against Cedar Valley on Wednesday May 3. Then the Thunderducks head to Lancaster to face the Suns squad May 5 and 6 to wrap up the regular season which will be followed by the tournaments.

MLB Baseball

The Texas Rangers are picking up momentum, but they’re still below .500 and a few games behind American League West division-leading Houston Astros. The Lone Star Series begins in Houston with a four-game series, May 1-4. Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor led the team with 33 home runs last season but in the first full month of this season, third baseman Joey Gallo leads the team in homers. Gallo is on top along with the Astros’ George Springer. While Adrian Beltre is still out, it’s time for Gallo to shine. He has already improved his first two seasons with the club. Hitting just six homers in his first year in 2015, Gallo has past that mark already and is looking to smash 30 or more by season’s end.

The two hottest teams in Major League Baseball are located 37 miles apart from each other: the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Could we see a potential baseball dynasty in South Florida? Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter will purchase the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion pending the league’s approval. Of course, things didn’t work out when Jeb’s brother George W. Bush owned part of the Texas Rangers. The Marlins franchise has had its ups and downs, but it also produced two World Series championships and is already settled in their new stadium where the Orange Bowl once stood. 

The Marlins and Miami will host this season’s MLB All-Star Game for the very first time. This could be a good thing for the Marlins by bringing in two powerful figures. Besides, the National League East needs a spark and only the Nationals are providing that. Adding some more firepower in Miami will do the East division some good. 

Major League Soccer

Despite having a couple of ties in the Western Conference standings, FC Dallas is undefeated. They remain undefeated at Toyota Stadium where on April 22 FC Dallas handed Sporting Kansas City its first loss of the season with a sharp header by Maynor Figueroa in the 77th minute. 


Playoffs continue as the Cavaliers, Warriors and Rockets advance to the next
round. There was heavy competition in the first round as five matchups made it to six games. 


The playoffs are down to eight. In the West, it’s Nashville vs. St. Louis and Anaheim vs. Edmonton. In the East, it’s the New York Rangers vs. Ottawa with the most interesting series being the Washington Capitals versus the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Cowboys Nation says farewell to one of its greatest Cowboys, linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Coming from Troy University in Alabama, Ware was the 11th pick by Dallas in the 2005 NFL Draft. A month after announcing his retirement, Ware signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Cowboys. He racks up 654 tackles, 138.5 sacks, 34 forced fumbles and three interceptions; 117 of those sacks and 32 forced fumbles are the most in Cowboys history. Ware was a two-time NFL sack leader, 2011 NFC Defensive Player of the Year, nine-time Pro Bowl and Super Bowl 50 champion with the Denver Broncos. One heck of a resume! 

Ware will join the other 21 Cowboys in the Cowboys Ring of Honor very soon. I say he’ll be inducted before Tony Romo. As for the Football Hall of Fame….first ballot! Thank you, D.                                                

-Tru Armstrong