Game Day No.2

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Last Friday I went to my first Rangers game of the season with my best friend, Cassidy. Armed with our cameras, zoom lenses, and giveaway Texas Tech Ranger caps in right field, we spent some innings just snapping away. I really didn’t think I had taken that many photos… until I uploaded them Saturday morning and saw almost 800 photos on my memory card.

It was so worth it though.

These are some of my favorite photos I’ve probably ever taken, definitely the best baseball photos.

While staying as far away from home run and foul balls as we could (we were fully prepared to duck and cover for any ball coming within 100 feet of us and letting any one of the kids with gloves surrounding protect us) we watched six innings in the outfield before moving away from the screaming 8-year-olds and to foul territory on 3rd base side, scouting out the best spots for the firework show.

In between moving seats, I made an enemy in the Rangers mascot.

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In The Books

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The first book I finished for the year…wait…technically I finished this on New Year’s Eve. Minor details right?

The first book I tackled from my tower of recommendations was Ballgame! by Josh Lewin. Obviously I had to start with the Texas Rangers book.

Should I do a spoiler alert for this? I mean the book was published in 2012 and you can’t really spoil history can you? I guess if you’re still interested in reading the book, I wouldn’t want to spoil it too much. So take this as a mild alert, a little more than a summary of the book but definitely less than telling you 210 pages verbatim. Make of that alert what you will.

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Guide to Giving Gifts to the Sports Fans of the World

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Yes I did put my Odor bobblehead in my Christmas tree for this photo

 

So I’m sure you’ve seen the million and one gift guides floating around out there. Pretty sure that’s the official count. Well make this one million and two. I debated about doing one of these. Mostly because so many people do them, why should I? Also, I’m the worst at coming up with a Christmas list to give my family anyway. But just think of this has a glorified sticky note, my own wishlist I’m writing down on the internet.

My Christmas list usually ends up with vague items such as gift cards and cute coffee mugs, this year I tried to get more specific and in doing so I asked for a lot of sports/baseball related items. So this is going to be a sports (but let’s be real, mostly baseball) specific gift guide.

Some of these items are actually on my Christmas list, other items are things I wish I put on my Christmas list but forgot. Maybe it’ll spark inspiration for your own list or what to get someone else.

Disclaimer: There are a lot of shirts linked because I really love t-shirts. Also books. Just thought that should be said.

enjoy!

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So That Happened

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Exactly one week ago, I was sitting in the same spot that I’m sitting in now. Exactly one week ago, I was writing this post. Happy Ranger moments. Exactly one week later, not so much. Not sure I appreciate the juxtaposition happening but it’s happening either way.

The Rangers were eliminated in one of the worst ways possible.

I thought the baseball gods were being nice to us for once by letting Bush strikeout Bautista. It had that feeling of “wow it might not end too terribly after all.” It was the making of a great parallel to Matt Bush’s MLB debut earlier this year.

In his first inning as a Ranger, he would face Donaldson, Baustista, and Encarnacion. The same three he would have to face in the bottom of the 10th. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as good as his debut where he sent them down in order.

Blue Jays won the ALDS on an Odor error. Just what everyone in Toronto was hoping for.

It’s starting to feel like the Rangers will forever have 2011 held against them and will be doomed to suffer for all of eternity. Is this what the Cubs felt like?

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September Review- Top 10 Moments of 2016

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The Texas Rangers won the American League West Division for the second year in a row and the fourth time in the last seven seasons.

This 2016 team is special and has probably been the most fun to watch.

So instead of a month review, I’m going to countdown my top ten favorite moments of the season. Well, some are moments and some are overall season things that happened.

Just go with it.

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August Review

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Much like April’s review, August is starting with an apology.

So I have to admit, I wasn’t on the Lucroy (much deserved) bandwagon.

*hides behind laptop*

And much like with the signing of Desmond, JD has once again made me look pretty stupid.

Since Spring Training when Lucroy and the Rangers were put in the same sentence, I wasn’t really on board. At the time, with Giminez and Chirinos and then with Holaday and Wilson, I thought the Rangers were fine in the catching department.

I wasn’t at all aware that Lucroy was an above average catcher. If someone had told me he belonged in the same circle as Posey and Molina, I would’ve been leading that bandwagon, or at the very least jumped on immediately.

Considering I didn’t start really following the Rangers until the 2011 season, an average to average-ish  catcher is all I’ve known. I don’t follow the National League all that closely. My knowledge of Lucroy was limited to what I saw on MLB network, which wasn’t much.

I probably could’ve done some reasearch on Lucroy as soon as his name was tossed out there, totally my bad.

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Game Day

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Finally went to my first Ranger game of the 2016 season,  yeah I know finally.

I’m gonna be real with y’all for a minute here: I don’t always prefer going to games.

Cue the gasps and shocks of horror.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the atmosphere of being at the ballpark. Every Ranger game I’ve gone to has been with my dad, and watching baseball together has been our thing since I started religiously watching the Rangers. However I can’t lie, most days I prefer sitting at home watching the games comfortably, with air conditioning and regularly priced beer and hot dogs.

Mostly it’s a crowd thing. When watching the game at home, I don’t have to hear every comment people feel necessary to yell at the team unless I choose to seek it out on Twitter. And I don’t have to worry about anyone starting the wave in one-run games. Or at all.

Also, does anyone else feel paranoid they’re going to end up on FSSW while you’re shoving your face full of nachos or spilling food down your shirt? I just feel like I’d be the one caught in the crowd at a super inconvenient time. Like while looking at my phone “not paying attention to the game,” when really I’m scoreboard watching or looking up stats.

And don’t get me started on my paranoia about getting hit by a foul ball. Even if there’s no immediate threat, I feel like one is going to seek me out and hit me in the face. Or maybe even a bat! In 2012 when Hamilton was constantly losing his bat, there was one game I sat a few rows behind the Rangers dugout. I’m telling you, the paranoia was real that night!

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Starting Pitching, Quiet Bats, and the Trade Deadline (Oh my!)

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In a move I kind of totally saw coming, John Daniels has proven me wrong once again. Leaving me saying, “What the hell do I know?”

You win JD. You win.

2016 JD vs Me Standings:

JD: 2

Me: 0 (but let’s be honest, it feels like -47)

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at this post and this post.

Well Desmond is the everyday center fielder, batting almost .300; Lucroy is wearing a Ranger uniform… so is Gallo, Profar, and Mazara.

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Trade or No Trade?

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A little more than 24 hours left until the trade deadline and there has been a lot of talk and very little action when it comes to the Rangers and trades.

And I’m not mad about it.

The asking price for starting pitching is way too high.

The minute a team starts asking for Mazara, I’m out. In my eyes, if the Rangers trade Mazara right now, that makes them sellers. Trading Mazara for a starting pitcher is not going to help the Rangers reach the postseason. I’m of the opinion, you don’t trade your starters in the middle of the season when you’re in the postseason race. The starters you have are the main reason you are where you are so why break that down? Now Gallo or Profar, Rangers can afford to trade one of them.Not both. And of those two, Gallo is probably the player the Rangers can afford to lose at this point. So if the Rangers make a big move, it wouldn’t seem so crazy to trade Gallo.

That being said, I don’t see the Rangers making a “huge” move.

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Concern vs Panic

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I’m not panicking just yet.

I’m leaning towards concern if anything.

The Rangers have had a lousy July. And that’s definitely cause for concern but I’m not ready to hit the panic button just yet.

If this was happening after the trade deadline, continues beyond them getting a starting pitcher at the trade deadline, or happened in September, I’d be hitting that panic button so hard.

Honestly I’m happy this rough patch is happening now. Not the last week of September, 2012 anybody?

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