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S L O W and then busy!

I know I’m starting to slow down on my blog and that’s a shame. I enjoy writing and this is good therapy for me. But my life seems too slow at times and way too fast at others. Just to keep you all updated on what’s going on with us:
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I’m In Heaven!!!!!

Baseball Season!!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!!  I am definitely in heaven! Everyone needs to keep the Texas Ranger schedule handy. That way, when I do NOT answer the phone, you’ll know why!

Seriously, I AM that much of a Texas Ranger fan and I’m not that much of a fan of any other sport, so I’m looking forward to having some decent sports to watch on TV.  The news is depressing most of the time, what with the non-wars going on, the economy, the protesting, and politics.  My favorite shows are now doing reruns.  I don’t feel like cleaning the house or cooking … but then, I never feel like cleaning the house or cooking!

I will have to schedule my vocal practice but I can practice whenever I want to; at 7 am if I feel like it … well, except for those days when the Rangers play on the west coast, of course.  I must be able to stay up late on those days!  And I don’t think the pets will be upset if I feed them mid-afternoon occasionally for an early game, do you? I just can’t think of a single problem.  Wait!  Maybe I shouldn’t have said that.

So, here’s the schedule this week. I would suggest not calling me during these times but, if you must, remember that I may be very distracted during the call, IF I answer at all!  And if we hit a home run … well, don’t hold the phone that close to your head, just in case!

Red Sox at Rangers, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington:

    • Fri, 4/1, 3 pm, on ESPN and FSSW
    • Sat, 4/2, 7 pm, on FSSW

This says it all!

Thank you, Kim, for sending this picture this morning.  What an email to wake up to!  This picture really does say it all … the smiles, the pride, the joy, the title!  Way to go, Rangers!!!  Now take it all the way!

Front page of the Dallas Morning News, Oct 23, 2010


Superstition is a belief that is NOT based on reason or knowledge.  Yes, that just about describes what I was feeling today during the Texas Ranger-New York Yankee playoff game.  Superstition!!! 

The game started off badly for the Rangers and didn’t get much better throughout the entire game.  It was just an off day for C.J. Wilson, our pitcher.  I don’t know if the rest of the team was just tired, as an old friend of mine suggested, or if they were mentally drained or if they were just reacting to how the pitcher was doing.  Whatever it was, today just didn’t work for them.

When I got up and went to the kitchen to get some iced tea, the Rangers got a run.  Woo-hoo!  Later, when I went to the kitchen again while the Yankees were batting, the Yankees got a run.  Booo hisss!  Superstition reared its head and I reacted, instead of logically reminding myself that the Yankees had already gotten quite a few runs while I was sitting there watching the game.  This was not based on logical reasoning.  Yep, superstition.  I left the room, my stomach in knots.  I literally could not watch the rest of the game but that had NOTHING to do with superstition.

The Rangers have won 3 games and the Yankees 2.  We only have to win one more game and we go to the World Series.  That is a major responsibility laid on the shoulders of these young men, none of which have been to the World Series before. Do we expect them to perform perfectly during every game, with nerves of steel and with total confidence in themselves?  Yes, we do.  Yes, I do.  I know better though.  I am usually so logical in my thinking.  Today, I was emotional and not logical at all.  I couldn’t watch the train wreck that I felt was coming to my team.

Do I still have faith in the Texas Rangers, the players, coaches and owners?  Of course, I do.  Will I watch the next game on Friday night?  Of course, I will.  Will I be nervous?  YES!!!  I have such pride in this team that I want them to do well during every game and the odds are against that, I know.  But I also know that they will bounce back and I intend to be watching when they do.

Yes, Gracie, I will be gloating when they do bounce back!  You just can’t NOT gloat whenever they beat the dratted Yankees!  GO, RANGERS!!!!!  ONE MORE WIN!!!!!

Go, Texas!!!

What a sports week!!!  Rangers.  Cowboys.   Texans.  Stars.  Mavs.  Longhorns.  Oh, wait.  The Cowboys stink this year but the others are looking good, especially the Texas Rangers!!!  Woo-hoo!!!  Yes, Texas is a sports-dominated state.  I don’t really watch anything but baseball but Ed watches da Boys all the time so I kinda keep up with ‘em.  With a season record of 1-4 so far, I’m not paying much attention so far.  I know, I know, I’m a fickle fan, but I just can’t get excited when they lose to an aging quarterback primarily due to penalties!  So…..

Let’s talk Texas Rangers!  Now that’s my game and this year they are looking good.  Yeah, they lost the first one to the dreaded Yankees but they won the second one in a landslide, 7-2.  This is not only the first post-season victory at home in 50 seasons, this is the farthest we’ve ever gotten in the post-season and the fans are going wild around here.  Everywhere you look, you see red or blue t-shirts with the Claw and Antler logo.  What the heck is that, you say???  Let me explain.

When a player does something really well during a game, the players give each other the Claw, a long-distance high-five.  This was really first seen in the Minor Leagues and Nelson Cruz brought it to the Rangers and EVERYONE has adopted it.

When a player does something really well during a game that requires him to utilize his speed, the players give him the Antlers, hands waving up by your head.  Why and how we got this one, I don’t know but it seems to me that the Claw could be used for both instances.  On the other hand, I’m not about to be the only fan doing a Claw when everyone else is giving them the Antlers!  Geez, I gotta LOOK like I know what the players are doing, don’t I?

Anyway, tonight the Giants and Phillies are playing.  I don’t know anything about either one of those teams but since the Giants took the first game, I’m hoping the Phillies take the second.  If nothing else, it would make the series much more interesting.  On the other hand, the Phillies are ranked 12th overall in Batting Average and the Giants are 15th.  Since the Rangers are ranked 1st overall and the Yankees 8th, I’m not sure it matters much which one wins.  hehehe

Tomorrow night, don’t call me because I will NOT be answering the phone after 7 pm Central.  I will be watching my Rangers and I will be practicing the Claw and Antlers at home.  I just hope the Yankees quit walking Josh Hamilton intentionally so he can get some runs.  That should show how the Yankees fear his bat and that’s a good thing!