All things considered, it's been a heck of a week for Longview's Chris Davis. Wednesday he was at Triple A Oklahoma City when his manager told him the Rangers gave him the call.
"Really, the last 48 hours have been kind of a blur," Davis said. "I can't even put into words what I've been feeling. A lot of excitement, obviously, a lot of anticipation. I said a little prayer to thank God for everything he's given me and done for me, and then I started making phone calls."
To make things even better, Davis first two series were at Houston, and home, so his family could see his childhood dream come to fruition.
"To get to start there and then turn around and get my first start in Arlington, that's awesome," he said. "That's what you want to do, to start in front of the home town crowd. It was unbelieveable."
"I've watched games here growing up, and I've watched the Rangers ever since I was young. To be a part of it now is just a dream come true."
Davis's first start, he went deep in a big way. The next day, he was back out of the starting lineup. He understands he's still a rookie.
"It's all expected," he said. "When I get to play, I'm excited. I'm ready to get out there. I'm always sitting on the edge of the bench, ready to get into the game. Mentally, the biggest thing is to tell myself I'm still the same person the day I signed. I'm still the same player I was two years ago."
"Be myself, and do everything the way I do it. That's one thing that (Rangers GM) Jon Daniels told me was just be yourself. We like the guy that you are, and we're excited about you. I think that's the biggest thing mentally, just to tell myself to be myself."