It has been awhile since I posted. I am sad to say I don’t venture over here too often these days. This isn’t because I am not a baseball fan anymore, but more so because I don’t have the time to go to games. Over the past year I have been working my tail off trying to move up north to Alaska all while working on my master’s degree. Both have gone great so far and I move this weekend to take my very first teaching job. I am excited, but sad I have not had much time to dedicate to the site.
Over the past two summers I have seen very little live baseball, which saddens me. I hope that changes next year when I finally will have summers off to explore the US and all it has to offer.
With all of that being said, a few weeks ago I went to my second live game of the summer, the Frisco RoughRiders. It was my first time out to the stadium in Frisco even though I had lived off and on in the area for years. For some reason I just kept putting it off and putting it off. What finally got me to go was the giveaway. I figured I couldn’t miss it and I had the day off, which was rare on a Sunday.
So what was the giveaway that day, a Teddy Roosevelt swinging bobble head. Did I mention I am a history buff. In fact I will be teaching social studies.
It is not the best picture. I just snapped it quickly after the game with my phone. I would take a better one but it is already packed and on its way to Alaska.
I loved the stadium and in fact it is one of my all-time favorites when it comes to minor league parks. There were a lot of amenities to enjoy, the food was good and reasonably priced, parking was easy, and it is a really good atmosphere. There isn’t much around the stadium itself, but there is so much within a short distance.
However, I did find something that I loved right behind the ballpark, an apartment complex. I could really see myself living there one day. I love the area, would love to teach there, and know at some point I will be back in Texas since it is home. The apartments were reasonably priced too and are pretty new from what I understand. What better way to spend the summer than either walking across the street to see a game or viewing it from the complex’s own suite overlooking the stadium. They are called Amli at the Ballpark if you are interesting in looking them up.
Like any other time I get to a stadium for the first time, I got there early. I love to take photos of the stadium itself and Dr. Pepper Ballpark is one of the best. I will not overload you with pictures here but will post a few at the bottom. If you want to see all I took you can visit my Flickr page. That link will take you to the Frisco album.
One of the things I love about minor league baseball is getting close to the players. I actually sat right in front of the home team’s bullpen which sits up in the stands. From there I could hear them talking. Topics ranged from who was doing good, and bad, and the MLB level for the Rangers and the topic of the day the women’s World Cup. The gold medal game was going on during the game.
I also love seeing some of the highly thought of prospects and the Rangers have their share. Jorge Alfaro, a highly rated catcher, was on the 7-day DL so I missed seeing him. I did get to see Nomar Mazzaro though who is a highly rated outfielder. He is the #2 rated prospect in the Rangers system by MLB. I also got to see the #5 prospect in outfielder Nick Williams.
Overall it was a great day for baseball. I sat in the shade and saw some good ball played. I’d love to go back to the park and perhaps live nearby one day. I am falling in love with minor league ball and when I return from Alaska in a few years want to live by a minor league team somewhere. I just don’t know where yet.
Here are a few pictures from my trip.