Ryan-Ventura throwdown

One of my favorite sports memories happened on this day 10 years ago. It was when Robin Ventura charged the mound after being beaned by Nolan Ryan. It was 1993 and Nolan was going to be retiring at the end of the season. In a game against the Chicago White Sox, Nolan beaned Ventura. For some reason, Ventura charged the mound. The ensuing “fight” was one of baseball legend. Ventura ran straight into a Nolan Ryan headlock and 5 punches to the top of the head, due to the benches clearing that was all we could see of the direct altercation between the two.

Every time I see that picture I smile, and word on the street is that is the most common photograph that Nolan autographs.

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Thoughts on Dwight Howard

There are few things in my sports heart that I want as much as a Rangers World Series or Cowboys Super Bowl victory. However, the Mavs signing Dwight Howard just might be one of those things.

Please, Please, Please!!! I want the basketball gods to smile upon the Mavs this offseason.

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Ball bounces off Canseco’s head!

Ten years ago, this happened! Do you remember this?

Haha… makes me laugh every time. Another funny thing to note, three days later, the Rangers were getting killed and Canseco came in to pitch and tore up his arm and was out for the rest of the season because of Tommy John surgery.

Every one remembers Canseco for the steriods thing, but I will always remember him as the dufus who let a ball bounce off his head for a home run

Rangers 2, White Sox 5

Went to the game last night! First Rangers game I’ve been to this season.ballpark050113

We had some seats just on the right field foul line, they were fantastic! We were right next to the field and actually had a few foul ball hit our way (we only got one).

Unfortunately, my Rangers lost which now begins a losing streak for me :( This is the second loss in a row I’ve attended. I need to straighten this out and start seeing my Rangers win again!

Despite the loss, what mades this visit to the ballpark special was I got to take my friends from England, Fabian and Bex, to the game. It is the first time either of them have been to the States and so that of course means they need to see America’s past time in action.

That also meant that I needed to explain several things about the game to them! Haha! But that’s okay, they had to explain countless things to me when I was in England, I was just repaying the favor. I was impressed with how quick they picked things up, by the 4th inning they knew when to clap when to cheer (Although Bex had explained to me she has a pretty good grasp on the game because she had played on the Wii so many times! haha). But also my friend Fabian got a foul ball and instead of hoarding it for himself, passed it on to the family in front of us, I was quiet impressed with that level of foul ball etiquette he exhibited.

All in all, a great experience! I loved that I was able to share a game with them.

Fabian and Bex's first baseball game!
Fabian and Bex’s first baseball game!

My Winning Streak is Over!

Sept 25, 2012 was a sad day.

Last minute a friend of mine called me and we went to the Rangers game. The Magic Number was 5 and we were on a 2 game win streak. If we swept the series we would have clinched the AL West. The pitching had been pretty good so I was hopeful.

After a nail biter of a game, my Texas Rangers lost to the A’s 3-2 in extra innings.

It was a sad day because for the last 3 years, the Rangers have won every game I had attended. Some of them were easy wins, and some of them were some of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen. But now it’s over. Maybe that’s good news, because in my winning streak we didn’t win a World Series. Here’s hoping third time’s a charm

Rangers 4, A’s 3

Last night’s game was the most exciting game I’ve been to since Nellie Cruz hit his extra inning grand slam in the ALCS. In a game where Matt Harrison pitched beautifully, the Rangers bats were quiet for innings. Griffin, the A’s pitcher, was throwing a 2-hitter when he was relieved in the 7th. I thought the Rangers lost this game, but the bats came to life in the 8th. Well, 1 bat really. After the A’s reliever loaded the bases and then walked in a guy, Craig Gentry stepped up to the plate and hit a bases clearing triple that fell inches from the outfielder’s outstretched glove. The stadium exploded! Rangers came out in the 9th and finished off the game for a MLB leading 49th win of the season.

I’m still buzzing about that game last night.

I Don’t mess with Texas, and I Don’t do the Wave

Brandon Jacobs get my respect

To preface this, I am not a Giants or 49ers fan. But I want to recognize and respect people who do the right thing and build others up. Brandon Jacobs is one of those people.

The story began with a 6 year-old who is a Giants and Jacobs fan. After he heard that Jacobs would no long be a Giant and his mother’s explain that it was “about money,” this 6 year-old emptied the contents of his piggy bank ($3.36) and sent to Jacobs in hope that he would remain with the Giants.

In defense of Brandon Jacobs, the circumstances of his departure from the Giants was not one of greed as (according to the article below) the mother implied. The Giants released Jacobs after a contract extension could not be reached which was how Jacobs became a free agent.

Jacobs response is one of class. Jacobs went out of his way to connect with this family.

I love the end of the article:

Jacobs also gave Armento [the boy] a $5 bill to refill his piggy bank.

“He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs said. “He’s worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him.”

Much respect to Jacobs. We need more athletes like this who take the responsibility of role-model seriously.