Pudge Rodriguez is expected to retire as a Texas Ranger on Monday. My all-time favorite player, and arguably the Rangers franchise best, will fittingly leave the game at a time when his former team is arguably at its franchise best. It has become a recent trend for departing free agents to take out full-page newspaper ads thanking their former teams. In this case, it wouldn’t be surprising to see fans take out an ad thanking the player.

Pudge Rodriguez SI Cover

SI Headline from 1997 following Pudge's acceptance of a below market value deal to stay in Texas.

Pudge's Texas World Series Goodbye