Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This or That?

I had to make choice tonight that I've never had to make before. Mavs opening night or Rangers World Series debut.

Normally, I would never miss this...

But I've never even had a chance to watch that.

This, however, turned out to be a disaster...

But that wasn't!

Maybe I should have watched this...

instead of that. That sucked! Later.

Hey A-Rod, Guess What Starts Today?

Wish you were here. NOT! Later.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mascot Mania

Baby Peas loves these mascot cards, so we've been trying to get them all. These 6 all came from the same reader, Richard. I noticed something strange about them though.

The first 3 show mascots for the Cardinals, Rays and Reds and they all are clearly named on the front. We've got Fredbird, Raymond and Gapper, though I'm not exactly sure what Raymond and Gapper are supposed to be.

What's up with the next 3 though. Apparently, the Dbacks, White Sox and Brewers have nameless mascots. Either that or Topps is once again displaying their half-assedness for all to see. The mascots actually do have names (they are shown on the backs) so why aren't they on the front? I can't think of any logical reason. Oh well. If anyone has any mascots to spare for my darling daughter, she'd love to have them. Let me know. Later.


This is one of my favorite moments from the postseason so far. I love the Rangers' home run celebration of fireworks and the theme from The Natural. I can't imagine there is any better in the league. Later.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ranger Propaganda

Surprise, I'm here! Ya'll probably thought I was gone for good, didn't ya? Well, I have considered giving it up, but mostly I've just been really busy and didn't really think I had anything interesting to post about. I figured I'd better chime in on the Rangers making the World Series though. I can still barely believe that we are less than 48 hours away from game 1.

I've had a lot of late nights lately as I've had to watch almost all of the postseason on DVR delay due to the kids' baseball and football games. I've had to be anti-social at the games so no one would spoil the Ranger results for me, but that's okay. It turns out it was worth it. The only problem was I couldn't whoop and holler so much as I'd wake the kid up. The clincher though, being on a Friday night, was another story and it was awesome. The whole game was perfect, right down to A-Rod striking out for the final out.

So, now we've got less than two days to go until Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum go head to head in game 1 and I can't wait. We'll, actually I will have to a little bit as Goose has soccer practice that night, so I'll have to fire up the DVR once again. That's okay though, not much could spoil my mood right now because if you look closely at that Cliff Lee poster above, you'll see it has World Series AND Texas Rangers on it. On the same poster! I can't believe it. Later

(By the way, I wish Topps would have put out these propaganda cards again in Update this year. I really liked the set last year. Anyone else miss them too?)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hats Off To The Texas Rangers!

Well the "good guys" finally did it! The Texas Rangers are no longer the only MLB team to never win a postseason series. Congratulations, guys! What better way to commemorate the occasion than by checking out the capless T206 Rangers of 2010.

The Dutch Oven has had his ups & downs for sure, but hopefully he'll continue to improve and lock down an eventual starter position. Josh should be the MVP (yeah, I'm a homer) and although he didn't have a great ALDS I expect big things in the ALCS. Nellie and this next guy...

Kins, each hit 3 home runs in the ALDS. Do you know the last time 2 teammates each hit at least 3 HRs in one postseason series? Well, it was 1928. Two dudes named Ruth & Gehrig. Pretty good company, wouldn't you say? Neftali and his red glove have been red hot all season, with just a wobble in the TB series. I'm sure he'll get himself back on track against the Yanks. Rich Harden... well, let's just say, we should have resigned Marlon Byrd instead of wasting our money on him.

Vlad turned out not to be a waste and I'm sure the Angels would agree, now. Julio forgot about the hatless memo. Michael Young has long been the face of this team and it's great to see him get a chance at the postseason. Hopefully, he'll bet back to hitting like his normal self as he's been a little off this October.

Our last 2 cards feature Chris Davis who is not actually on the playoff roster, though he can be seen rockin' a nice red sweatshirt in the dugout during the games. He's had a tough season, at least he can experience the playoffs up close. Lastly, is Tiny E. Elvis has really come into his own as a great young SS. All I can say is this next series with the Yankees better not be an audition for his replacement of Jeter in a few years. The Rangers need to wrap him up any way they can.

So that's it for now. I can't believe it's been another week since I posted. Between Nobie & Goose and Rangers playoff games, I can hardly find any free time. It's great though. I wouldn't change a thing. Later.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Off To A Good Start!

Let's keep it up boys! Later.

Okay Rangers, It Really Is Time!

Whoever does the marketing for the Rangers is a genius. They began the season with the slogan "It's Time" plastered everywhere in hopes of hyping us all up for the upcoming season. Well, what do you know, it seems to have worked. After 11 long years of no postseason baseball in this town the Rangers are back in the playoffs.

The Rangers will begin their pursuit of a title today against the Rays in the legendary baseball shrine better known as Tropicana Field. I'm sure there will be plenty of seats available if you'd like to go. (We all know how baseball crazy the people of Tampa/St. Pete are!) The crowd will probably consist of the Troll and his wife's roller derby team, and that's about it. The usually small Rays crowds coupled with the Rangers not so long history of being a playoff team have resulted in a game 1 start time of 12:30 Texas time. Geez, MLB, thanks a lot!

How the hell am I and the rest of the Rangers/Rays fans supposed to watch the game when it's right in the middle of the work day. We didn't wait around for 11 long years to finally be in the playoffs again just so we could work right through the game! That's exactly whats gonna happen though. I'll cue up the DVR and avoid any and all human contact until I get home around 8:00 tomorrow night and hopefully I'll be able to sit down and enjoy the game without knowing the result (Of course, if I was a damn Yankee fan, it wouldn't be a problem at all now would it?).

So wish me luck. I think the Rangers have a good chance at getting out of the first round and it should be a lot of fun either way. To those of you whose teams also made it, Good Luck and to the rest, we'll there's always next year! Later.