I have never been more excited to be a Texas Rangers fan. Then again there has never been a better time to be one.
I remember the days of old — lots of offense and no pitching. Those were some fun times spent at the Ballpark watching what amounted to home run derby. But what the Rangers have been able to put together this year is something magical. I have so many great memories of not only the Ballpark in Arlington, but old Arlington Stadium as well. All of my childhood memories of going to baseball games are from the old stadium to see the likes of Buddy Bell, Tobby Harrah, Gary Ward, Pete O’Brien, and the great Nolan Ryan.
There may be better times ahead with more memorable moments, but for now and the foreseeable future, Eric Nadel’s call of the final out will be etched into my memory. The call come courtesy of Jamey Newberg of the Newberg Report and Mike Disen of KRLD Radio.
I really only get goose bumps when I hear one other call from baseball — the 1992 NLCS Game 7 call from Skip Carey.
I was happy for a lot of people after the win. Josh Hamilton who has fought back after derailing his career with drugs and alcohol. Manager Ron Washington who earlier this year was put on the hot seat after the report came out that he tested positive for drugs. Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg who took over control of the team from former owner and perhaps the most hated man in Dallas, Tom Hicks. But there is no doubt that I am happiest for Michael Young. He is the quintessential professional, and through his career in Arlington he has been through a lot. He moved to SS when they traded Aroid. He moved to 3B when the team felt Elvis Andrus could help the team, and through it all he has not only been a professional but one of the best hitters in the game.
I don’t really even know what to say. I really wish I was still in Dallas so I could go to the airport to greet the team when they come home. It’s just not the same watching the games here early in the mornings by myself. I do at least have Twitter (@baseballjourney), and I am able to text some friends from home during the game. But I would love to be in Dallas soaking up the atmosphere.
Now the Rangers must take on the hated Yankees, and I think this series will be a wild one. I have to say I have never been more confident of our ability to win a series, and that all comes from the pitching staff.
Game 1 starts Friday. Get your antlers, claws, and boomsticks ready!