Texas manager a Halloween character

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

ARLINGTON — One Halloween costume getting notice whether it be on ESPN, ESPN News or on Dallas TV stations is Liam Roybal’s.

A young Texas Rangers fan, he dressed up for school as manager Ron Washington last week. The seven-year-old, who already wears glasses, had part of his head shaved and put on a fake mustache to look like a young Washington.

Roybal was on the field before Game 4.

So ESPN’s Jim Caple asked San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy Monday what a little kid would have to do to make himself look like him to go out as a little Bochy?

You should know Bochy was famous not for catching nine years in the majors — five as a back-up — but for his hat size, which was 81/4.

Bochy thought for a second before smiling and answering.

“Well, he’d have to blow his head up somehow,” Bochy said before Game 5 of the 106th World Series. “I don’t know how he would do it. Put a lot of air in it and he would get close.

“I don’t think you’re going to find too many kids that could do that with me. Actually he did look like Ron. I told him it was a little scary.”

Of course, it’s easy to yuk it up when your team has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with your best pitcher, Tim Lincecum on the mound.

Washington was flattered by Roybal’s costume.

“Of all the people in the world to dress up like and he picks the manager of the Texas Rangers,” said Washington. “Amazing.”

Which brings to mind the old line from the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse during the 1990 World Series.

“What would you rather have? A million dollars or Joe Oliver’s hat filled with nickels?”

Oliver had a large hat as well.

First-pitch honours: Fergie Jenkins of Chatham, Ont. threw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night.

Jenkins pitched for the 1974-75 Rangers and had a second stint in 1978-81. Under manager Billy Martin, Jenkins was 25-12 with a 2.82 ERA in 1974 to finish second in the Cy Young award race behind Oakland A’s Catfish Hunter.

With the Rangers, Jenkins had a 93-72 won-loss record with a 3.56 ERA. He made 190 starts with 90 complete games and 17 shutouts.

Jenkins is fourth in Rangers all-time wins behind Charlie Hough (139), Kenny Rogers (133) and Bobby Witt (104).


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