David Clyde. The all-time worst draft pick in Texas Rangers' history. But man, were those some sweet sideburns or what?
No. 1: David Clyde—1973, first round, first overall pick
If you could somehow take the hype that David Clyde created in 1973, pack it up and carry it with you to 2011, he'd put Bieber-mania to shame.
Okay maybe not, but the point is he was a big deal. And in 1973 there were pay phones. And people used them—not as a urinal—to make phone calls.
Last early-'70s cultural reference: In '73 Tommy John was still just a man, not a medical miracle.
He was just some dude that pitched. Just like David Clyde.
Clyde's talent was undeniable. He pitched in the Major Leagues a week after his high school graduation—in front of a sellout crowd at Arlington Stadium!
I was not around in 1973, but I have been to plenty of Texas Rangers games at Arlington Stadium.
You won't find me crying in my beer anywhere waxing-nostalgic about Arlington Stadium. It was built to be a minor league park, and most not a good one.
I once had a scalper give me a ticket that was three rows behind home plate. A man that sells tickets for a profit, gave me a premium seat, for free.
He had to give them away.
Arlington Stadium is now a parking lot—a darn fine one.
Arlington Stadium, like David Clyde, could have used some minor league experience.
And there you have it. The 10 Worst Draft Picks in Texas Rangers History.