Anyone who knows me know I am a huge baseball fan. Everyone who knows me know that I am a Texas Ranger fan. A true one. They are my home team & thru the 38 years of the team being the Rangers I stood pat. I never had grand thoughts of World Series wins....I always hoped...but come on...Once July got here & they weren't even a 500 team your biggest hope was that they would not be in 4th place in the Western Division yet again. But things were what they were...they were still my home team.
The most exciting thing to happen was the arrival of Nolan Ryan. But hey...he was still a legend. Nolan Ryan had never won a series...maybe he could do it with the Rangers. That never happened...but it was still the big time EVERY single time he pitched, I have fond memories of a lot of them, including one summer day in 1990...I had taken my car to the dealer for some reason & was sitting there & the Ranger game was on...it was early in the game so I started watching the TV. So I watched a while waiting for them to call my name..they finally did & I drove home. I listened to the game on the radio & they started talking about how there had not been a hit. I was so excited. Got home, turned on the TV & started watching. Mommy & Larry were already watching & we started talking no hitters.
In the 7th inning, no one was sitting near him or even looking at him...it is superstition at its finest..With every single pitch, we held our breath...the end of that game was so incredible....he has an infectious smile. That was #6...six no hitters...unheard of.
There were many memorable games & some you really wanted to just pretend never happened.
We had an old stadium, but it was ours...never any thought about it.
I went to so many games I couldn't even count.
May 1, 1991. Arlington Stadium...Nolan Ryan is pitching tonight. Get the score card out of the book & get ready for the game.
About the 4th inning the talk in the stands began...could he do it again? Will he? It was an exciting game...I put down the score card in about the 6th inning...I think we stood the whole rest of the game.
In the end, we beat the Blue Jays 5-0. Ryan walked 2 & struck out 16....
So we pass through many years...many at the bottom of the heap but a few very exciting years too.
I have been gone from Dallas for 10 years now. But I have never swayed on my Rangers....win or lose they are my team.
This season, the Rangers had great pitching & great hitting. They were the first team to clinch their division & they have home field advantage. Game 1 of the ALDS ...won. Game 2....won again...they could sweep...it could happen. Games 3 & 4...yea....not so good. Game 5...you are very cautious not to jinx anything. They could really do it. They pulled it off. Finally after 38 years in Texas they won a post season series. They advance to the American League Championship series.
The ALCS begins on Friday. A bit unfortunate, they play the hated & dreaded Yankees. I have faith though. It could happen...