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Baseball: Good ‘Ol Sport

I love baseball.  Always have, always will.  My favorite team is the Texas Rangers.  I have celebrated the good times and the not so good times and just love them more and more each day.

As I was watching an awesome game the Rangers were playing the other day, the MLB’s Commissioner came on with the announcers and did a little interview with them.  I don’t know much about the Commissioner, Rob Manfred, but I liked what I heard from him on that day.

The Commissioner was talking about how he does listen to the team players and managers and truly desires to work with them because in the end they are all there because they love the game of baseball.  This statement made me pause and realize that I agree with him.

Out of all the different sports out there, baseball is the one that shows all the players, whether team mates or team competitors, playing

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 13: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with teammates Michael Young #10 and Adrian Beltre #29 after hitting a grand slam home run against pitcher Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels on May 13, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 13: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with teammates Michael Young #10 and Adrian Beltre #29 after hitting a grand slam home run against pitcher Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels on May 13, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

around with each other and have just a good ‘ol time while playing against each other.  Now, I am spoiled rotten because my team, the Texas Rangers, have the amazing Adrian Beltre on it, who I believe does not see a single person he plays against as an enemy.

Belts is always teasing and joking with his team mates as well as the opposing team members and it just reminds me that baseball is just a group of great guys who get together and play the one game they all love.  It is nice to see when watching a sport.

So many times players in other sports view the opposing team as their enemy and treat them as such with rude comments, actions, etc.  It is nice to watch the sport I love being celebrated by the players and fans of the game.  Just makes my love for baseball that much more.

I want to Thank all the players, managers, owners, commissioner, and any other people involved in the wonderful game of Baseball for making my watching experience amazing!

~4-Ever, P

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One Great City (with Jonah Keri)

Good Times

~4-Ever, P

Goin' To The John

Up above us all
Leaning into sky
A golden business boy
Will watch the north end die
And sing “I love this town”
Then let his arching wrecking ball proclaim
I hate Winnipeg
– The Weakerthans, “One Great City”

Ok, this entry is not about Winnipeg.  But it is partially about Montreal, and a little bit about Dallas.  It is about cities, and about people, and about sports – and especially how the latter ties the three together in a knot that only a schizoid puppy knows how to untangle.

Imagine for a moment that your favorite team – your hometown team – moved.  As in packed their bags and went elsewhere, establishing a new team name in a new city, thus eschewing all history previously accumulated.  There are examples of this in many of the professional sports leagues of North America, but for the purpose of this entry, and…

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We’re Not All That Bad

Amazing sentiment full of truth…this IS a baseball town…with a heart…enjoy!

~4-Ever, P

Goin' To The John

March 31, 2014: Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.  Fans, excited about the off-season additions of Prince Fielder and Shin Soo-Choo, flocked to the ballpark that those of us in the the know affectionately call The Temple.  And, wow, did they get there early.

It was a 1:05pm (CST) first pitch, but the tailgating was going on long before then – 9am or earlier.

As the masses made their way to the home plate entrance, it appears as if there was a shortage of trash cans for fans to dispose of their cans or bottles before entering the stadium.  So, instead of tossing them to the ground, they took what they probably thought was the safest option: placing the (presumable) empties on a monolith.

Unfortunately, this monolith was erected to honor the Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone who lost his life in 2011 at the Temple trying to…

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