Here's how the probable pitching match-up looks on the team's website:
Apparently, no one at MLB thought Ponson was important enough to spend the 90 seconds it takes to photoshop a Rangers cap on the guy. So I did it myself:
MUCH better. This should keep everyone's Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms from flaring up. You're welcome.
As I wrote in an earlier comment, the Texas broadcast team seemed WAY too excited about the prospect of Ponson pitching tonight. They said "We think Ponson's going to take the mound!" But they said it with roughly the same inflection one would use to say "We think there's going to be ice cream and puppies!" And not with the "We think there's going to be food-borne pathogens" inflection that is probably more appropriate for the occasion.
When I first realized that Ponson would be up against Baker, I initially worried. Baker took Ponson's spot in the rotation (one of the happiest moments of my life, incidentally*). And sometimes it's dangerous facing an opponent who has something to prove. But then I remembered that Sidney Ponson doesn't really care about anything, and I felt better.
I distinctly remember this famous Those Girls (pre-blog) conversation, watching Ponson:
"It doesn't look like Sidney Ponson even likes baseball."
"I don't think Sidney Ponson likes anything. Except maybe gravy-milkshakes."
Kick his ass, boys.
*Because it meant that we were not going to drive all the way to Milwaukee just to watch Ponson pitch.