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This is a love story.
I am 43, when I was a little boy my Aunt Marlene would listen to Rangers games on the Radio and when they were on TV watch them and try to impart a love for the game into me. Alas I was blind as a bat (correctable by glasses we learned too late) and struggled playing the game and after a few years I stopped playing. I tried and tried to like the Rangers but they seemed to just be so bad and loose every time I watched a game I was never able to catch on.
Fast forward to last year, I started off the year in my normal "lets give the Rangers a chance" and they looked OK but still not too good, then I ended up watching them go on a winning streak of all win streaks and I was suddenly engaged. They also played the kind of baseball that I knew could win Pitching and defense, some small ball at the right time, and power in key at bats. In fact they reminded me of Tom Laundry's Dallas Cowboys in that they could kind of play the game as it was presented to them, power against power and big defense against big defense, roll your ace out there and they could win a game of finesse. I followed every game from that NL fueled win streak to the playoffs. I noticed my then 6 year old son watching with me and we watched the Rangers win the ALCS and move into the World Series. Wow what a year. My Aunt Marlene watched from heaven because she suffered an aneurism some 30+ years ago.
Spring training couldn't come fast enough and with it a search for knowledge as I could watch the game and tell that somethings were missing from the story being told. Batting Averages and Errors and ERA's all seemed to leave me wanting for understanding. Because this sport was "new" to me I couldn't watch a few key things and see if a player or a team was good, like I can with football. So I eventually found this site. I have a made a post similar to this in the past. But this morning is a little different.
Due to this site and to the Rangers success, tonight I am going to see my new favorite baseball team play. My sons baseball team. He unlike me, is not blind as a bat he doesn't have to wear "coke bottle" glasses. More importantly he has a true love for the game that I am just not sure he would have if it weren't for my new found love of the game sparked by the Texas Rangers, BBTIA, and the understanding of the subtleties of this beautiful game brought to me by books like The Book and Moneyball.
Thank you Texas Rangers and BBTIA all the members of the posting community. Arguments in good faith about everything from WAR to the Big 12 have made this a memorable year.
That was awesome, man.
I, too, would like to thank the Rangers and all the gang here for making this season the best yet. Here's to a great postseason as well.
Great story mhilgtx.Thank you for posting it.
Good stuff, brother.
I too appreciate the guys on here, both the experienced and less experienced who read, comment, or ask questions due to the love of the game, but moreover, this team. I am glad you're all here as well, those who truly contribute that is. And those who do, know who you are.
Let's make this fun!
Thanks guys. Probably not the most eloquently written post, but heart felt. I remember last year when the Rangers won against the Yankees Facebook blowing up with my college, high school, and adulthood friends talking about a treasured family member that was a rabid Rangers fan, but had passed before they got to see the team they loved make it to the World Series.
That is what baseball is. The essence of baseball is that it is the ultimate family sport. The only thing close to it is golf, while a father and son or daughter can play golf together, Baseball is the team sport that a father can teach a son or daughter (fastpitch softball although my sons team has two girls on it and they are damned good) to play and to love. Football is too structured, hockey is too. Basketball is too athletic and the aforementioned golf doesn't allow for a father to pass down multi-generational love for a team.
Baseball is also the sport that Mothers spend weekends keeping the book for their kids travel team or Little League team. Spend countless hours running back and forth to the batting cages and practice and games.
Baseball is an awesome game, unique in so many respects. At least to me anyway. As a son to a single mother of 4 (my 3 sisters and myself) who made next to nothing, who had next to nothing, and who would accept no charity or government support, I remember we had very little money for anything except the neccessities. BUT, she always found money for my baseball sign-up fees, cleats, gloves, etc. From a childhood that could've been something to forget, I have all of those wonderful memories. The friends we make and life-lessons we learn via this game we love are awesome. I am still close to my little league baseball coach. That's 32 years he has followed me play & my life, as I have followed his and his family's well-being.That's just Baseball.
Thanks mhilgtx for reminding me to think of those times, rather just stats and analysis.
Cooper Stone is to throw out the first pitch tonight to his favorite player, Josh Hamilton. It'll be his 1st trip back here since the accident. Pretty cool stuff for ALL involved. Talk about Sports Cry.
@Ricky: I just teared up a little. That's beautiful.
Man I love this game.
I was a little boy in my dad's pickup listening to Pete Incaviglia, Charlie Hough, Bobby Witt on long roadtrips across Texas. I have loved this team above all other teams of any sport for the entirety of my life. Today we start the journey to greatness, and in C.J. I trust. Win or lose this has been the season I imagined as a little boy and its been just as good as I hoped.
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