Tagged: Texas Rangers

Matt Holliday and I have one thing in common…

Day 153

 

We’ve both run the bases at the Ballpark in Arlington…

 

tomarlington.JPGOk so that’s about it. I’m not a millionaire and I don’t have a super-ego driven agent, yet. But heading to Houston I did relish the idea that I have at least something in common with a ballplayer.

Yes folks I made it. The drive was nice and the weather in Texas is freakin hot!! I mean hot. Like 95 degrees and humid hot. Oh well, woe is me. Not..

Getting into Houston to visit my good friend Osvaldo aka Ozzy and watch the Rockies didn’t mean we couldn’t take a side trip to check out the other team in Texas.

 

DSCN0183.JPGTaking the almost five hour drive up north to Arlington would start out funny. Note to self and others. It’s called the Ballpark at Arlington, not the Ballpark in Dallas, so when punching the address 1000 ballpark way into your gps make sure the city is not Dallas! You will end up at a ballpark, just a city ballpark! Oh well, if you forget you’re only 30 mins from the real deal.

I will make sure to write up a review of Arlington and get you the opinion of the Rocky Mountain Way. Preview- it may just end up being near the top of ballparks but you’ll have to read it to find out. 

Remember this guy Rockies fans?

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     Matt Holliday by Tom Walsh

Yes it was weird watching Matty take the field as an A, but at least the A’s are having a little worse season then the Rockies so it wasn’t like watching him on a contender at this point. And looking at his stats it doesn’t seem he is helping the team a whole lot either. I think he had six bombs and maybe a .263 batting average. Nothing to write home about.

 

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     Matt Holliday by Tom Walsh

He seems to have his old habits with him and the left field spot he calls home, is still littered with seed shells. The only thing that was different was he’s in the American League and wearing an A’s uni.

The A’s pulled out the 5-4 win over the Rangers but apparently the Rangers had taken the previous two from the boys of Oakland.

It was a good game and I saw another former NL west guy playing too.

Poor Andruw Jones had been giving his outright release by the Dodgers and landed with the Rangers in the offseason. His numbers didn’t seem to be too bad but he didn’t really have a great day. Case in point.

 

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       Andruw Jones by Tom Walsh

The guy hit for under .200 for the Dodgers and now was near .280 so he obviously likes Texas better.

Longest name in the Majors?

When I heard this guy called up to the plate I had to ask myself if I had heard it correctly. Was the announcer taking a creative liberty with the pronunciation I wondered?

 

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     Saltalamacchia by Tom Walsh

There it was on the board and I had to ask if this was the longest name in the Majors. The guy’s name barely fit on his jersey. 

“Salty” as the fans in Arlington call him, is the catcher and apparently an impressive rookie. His name is impressive enough for me.

So with the visit to Arlington wrapped up and a nice stroll around the base pads, I am ready to take on the juice box and watch my boys take down the Astros of Houston.

One last bit..

 

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     Clint Hurdle by Tom Walsh

Thanks for everything Clint. Sorry you had to take the fall but history will dictate your successes and failures with the Rockies. I personally liked you and wish you the best as I’m sure you’ll continue on with baseball.

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Let It Be Told I Will Beat This Cold

Day 89

 

Of course this is what would happen. A week before opening day when I am supposed to be rolling down the highway in the Rockies Roadster to Phoenix, I am almost on the DL nursing the nastiest cold in recent history. NO, today wasn’t important or anything. I didn’t need to work on the car or get some provisions. No, I had planned on staying on the couch under the comforter the whole day. I know I look like this.

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               I think I am doing enough drugs to be this guy. Say hello to my little friend.

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I’m not sure it’s bad enough to be taken out and shot like this guy. But it sure feels like it.

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Sorry if I ruined the Old Yeller ending for any of those who have not seen it. You’re probably better off because that is a sick sick movie and I never should have watched it when I was eight. What kind of movie has a boy shooting his dog? Not right I tell ya.

But I know I will be hanging out with these guys all day and night. I think they are filming a commercial as I type but I don’t have the energy to go out and buy their nemesis.
mucus2.jpgThey better be happy I don’t get the enemy and sleep a quiet night. Here’s my one drug company plug ever. Enjoy it because it will be my last!

 

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BUT, since I am feeling crappy now anyway, I might as well say my goodbyes to one Mr. Joe Koshansky formerly of the Colorado Rockies. He was picked up by the Rangers from outright waivers and will hopefully get some playing time down in Texas.

Koshansky.jpg I liked Joe. He was a solid player but just was caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Rockies farm team has been cranking out some solid players for a few years now and it did not seem Koshansky would be getting any playing time behind Todd Helton.

You Rangers fans are getting a solid player who just needed to break into the bigs with another team. I’m sure with the right amount of playing time he will be a great asset.

It was nice knowing ya Joe..

Well I am off to my dream time again to get in some quality sleep time. No taking tomorrow off in the getting ready of the Rockies Roadster and making sure Phoenix goes as smooth as possible. I will dream of W’s and warm weather with the smell of ballpark food and the murmor of a summer crowd.

 

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