Deer Park youth baseball team receives good luck message from Texas Rangers player
As good luck messages go for a contest to a youth baseball team, the Mustang League Cubs of the Deer Park Pony League received an unbeatable one this week.
Playing for the league championship against the Angels at the Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex Tuesday night, the Cubs received a message via a cell phone from Texas Rangers relief pitcher Kyle Dowdy.
It turns out that Dowdy is a cousin of Cubs right fielder Jake Turpin.
“Hey, Deer Park Cubs, this is Kyle Dowdy of the Texas Rangers. I just wanna wish you guys luck tonight and to tell you we’re cheering for you up here in Dallas. Go Cubs and go Rangers tonight,” Dowdy said on the 10-second long video.
The team was shown the video within the opening two innings of the championship game, gathering around the cell phone as they prepared to go to bat.
Dowdy’s message worked at both stadiums. The Cubs captured the Mustang League championship with a 7-3 victory and the Rangers defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-3.
The 26-year-old Dowdy is a University of Houston product. Dowdy worked 95.1 innings for the 2015 American Athletic Conference regular season champions, compiling an ERA of 2.45 and recording a 9-2 won-loss record.
Picked up by the Rangers from the New York Mets just before the 2019 season began, Dowdy is 2-1 so far for his major league career.