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Texas Rangers fire employee who tweeted ‘Fire Charlie,’ then blow chance to win division

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (left) discussed a call with home plate umpire Eric Cooper during Saturday’s game.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (left) discussed a call with home plate umpire Eric Cooper during Saturday’s game. The Associated Press

Do you believe in karma?

While the Texas Longhorns were being pummeled by TCU on Saturday, this was tweeted on the Texas Rangers’ account:

That tweet was quickly deleted, and the team publicly apologized (this comes via the Dallas Morning News):

“The Texas Rangers wish to apologize to the University of Texas and its head football coach Charlie Strong for the very inappropriate and insensitive message that was briefly posted on the team's twitter account this afternoon. The tweet was posted by a member of the team’s social media department who was neither working for the Rangers nor was at Globe Life Park today. Effective immediately, that individual is no longer employed by the Rangers. The Rangers sincerely regret this incident and have taken the appropriate measures to make certain it does not occur in the future.”

Then a funny thing happened. In a wild, wild West game between the Rangers and Angels, Texas took a 10-6 lead into the ninth inning. Just three outs from winning the AL West, the Rangers coughed up the lead and lost 11-10.

The irony was not lost.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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