Going to the show. 47 comments


A moment of joy captured for eternity.

 

Texas bats have come alive just as Texas Live is coming alive. Tuesday the Rangers unveiled a statue of Benjie Molina’s huge emotional embrace of Neftali Feliz after Feliz struck out Alex Rodrigues to send the Texas Rangers to the World Series for the first time ever.

The long-suffering franchise finally found joy. (Joy was here, I promise.)

They named the statue, “Going to the Show. And Benjie Molina himself was on hand to unveil it. While he recalled the excitement of the entire team mobbing each other on the field, he said he didn’t get to see many of his teammates celebrating “because I was down in the pile getting hurt but it was awesome.”

World renown sculptor Harry Weber designed the sculpture, saying that he wanted to capture “the joy on Benjie’s face and the triumph on Neftali’s face, and them getting up in the air.” It’s a celebration of the sheer joy of celebrating sports.

The statue is on display at what will be the north entrance to the new Ballpark. A few bars and restaurants will open soon in Texas Live, what they have named the area they are developing around the new Ballpark.

Here’s hoping some day in our lifetimes Rangers fans will see a companion statue, “Winning it All.”

One can dream.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Ariel Jurado (2-1, 4.02) vs. J.A. Happ (11-6, 4.05)
Game time: 6:05

How the Rangers hit against Happ.
The Yankees have never hit against Jurado.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I could think of several other more worthy statues.

  • GoRangers23

    Maybe it’s the fact that I have had no more than five hours of sleep a night for almost two weeks now, but that line about the joy on Benji’s face and the triumph on Neftali’s Face and it being a celebration of the sheer joy of celebrating sports, made me teary eyed and almost unable to see the computer keys. Yep, probably the no sleep thing. 😏

  • GoRangers23

    That statue looks unstable.

    • elkaba

      It does! It was wobbling badly in the video of the Molina unveiling.

      • possumrld

        It may have a metal expansion joint that allows movement beneath it, but I am betting you couldn’t pull it over with a pickup truck.

        • elkaba

          Hope you’re right. But that’s a pretty extreme cantilever. And is was wobbling badly just from having a sheet pulled off of it. Maybe it’s not fully secured yet?…

          • elkaba

            If you look at the very beginning when he pulls the sheet off and look at the statue in relation to the cranes or superstructure in the background, you can see the statue is wobbling. Maybe it’s designed to sway or something, but it doesn’t look too solid to me.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvjtHGeHyjU

          • possumrld

            elk, I watched the video twice, then went back and watched it twice more to be sure. I din’t know what people are seeing, but I saw no wobbling whatsoever, except for some camera movement right at that instant when it was unveiled. I can’t imagine they would set something like that up out there in a public palce which probably weighs at least a ton, that could be so easily moved.
            I bet it is about as solid as Rock of Gibraltar.

          • elkaba

            I sure hope so. More than one “over served” fan will likely put it to the test, I bet.

    • possumrld

      I am betting it has a hefty metal rod attached to a framework that traverses through most of the statue, and which goes down into the ground into a couple of tons of concrete, that sits just under those paving stones.

  • RangerReclinerCoach

    Will never forget called strike three on A-Rod.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Never forget Nadel’s call

  • JacobMcCandles

    To address the Ranger season and the title to the thread.

    “So ya thought you might like to go to the show, well its time to go,
    To feel that warm thrill of confusion, I’ve got some bad news for you sunshine
    Kevin isn’t well and said he would stay back at the Brooklyn hotel
    They sent us along a surrogate team
    We are gonna find out where our fans really stand….

  • JacobMcCandles

    As I watched the ploughman ploughing or the sower sowing in the fields,
    or the Harvester harvesting. I saw there too, O life and death your analogies.
    Life, life is the tillage and death is the harvest according.

  • possumrld

    Last night as I was listening to the Rangers trounce Seattle again, the thought occurred to me that the many dire predictions of a long drawn out rebuilding process for this Rangers team may have been overblown quite a bit.
    The way they have been playing this second half, things could shape up so that adding a couple of quality starters, and bringing a couple of the other young arms along, could put us right back into the hunt next seaosn.

    • elkaba

      “Adding a couple of quality starters”… hasn’t that been the problem for years?

      Don’t we start every season at least two starters short of a full rotation? Older pitchers on the brink of losing it, questionable injured returning hopefully not too soon, relievers questionably converted to starters. It’s always the same issue, just different details. We’ve never had a full rotation of quality starters that I can recall. We start an arm or two short for years and have a GM who’s been willing to drain the entire farm system trying to make up for it at the deadline.

      Yes, we’re close enough to fielding a full team of youth weighted position players. But we’re nowhere near a full rotation or a bullpen big enough to outlast our hyperactive, pitcher-pulling manager.

      • possumrld

        I never claimed it would be easy or that it would happen. I was just making an observation.
        So if Jurado pans out, Gallardo keeps improving and Perez improves a bit more, and someone else steps up, that might be at least the start of a core to build something around.
        I realize history isn’t on our side, nor is our GM a pitching talent guru. But I think things are looking up, at least for now.

        • elkaba

          Granted we are better off than earlier in the year, but there are too many if’s to get too excited I think. Probability wise, if we add two solid starters, we may be ok with the best of the rest next year.

        • dearmidol

          Your point is well taken, poss. This team has been fun to watch lately. When they win like they did against Seattle, I wonder how in the heck are they 14 games under .500? A lot to like, though, you are right.

      • JacobMcCandles

        We started this year with old starters that had lost it.

    • dearmidol

      This team had a horrible July, don’t forget.

      They are playing well now, but let’s see until after the Yankees series.

      Going into the season, I never thought the offense was a problem. And it’s actually gotten better.

      The problem is they need to get five quality starting pitchers.

      • possumrld

        A post All Star break winning record is more of what I was referring to, not every facet since the break. In regards to “5 quality starters”, no team ever has that complete of a pitching staff these days. Three solid starters and two adequate guys is sort of the general rule these days, I think. If a team have two guys like a Verlander and a Kookle, with a bunch of average guys behind them, you are pretty much in an elite class anymore.
        Who knows if it will continue, or how the Rangers will fare against the stronger teams. But I sure like what we am seeing just about all the way around since the All Star break, way better than than what we were seeing before the break.

        • dearmidol

          The offense has been great to watch. So many things to feel optimistic about.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Posted that yesterday…..offense is in great shape with a young core. and the BP is good enough. Anxious to watch Jurado agst the Yanks. After that we have Minor and thats it

          • possumrld

            True!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Houston has 6 quality starters……Cleveland had 5 in their WS run

    • Gregor_S

      In general I agree, but a big reason the offense has looked good lately is that Odor, Gallo, and Chirinos have all been hitting. When they’re not, and are whiffing most of the time, the lineup looks very different. Maybe they’ve all turned a corner as hitters but the jury is still out I think.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Odor has proven himself…..RC is what he is….Gallo is the wild card

        • Gregor_S

          Not saying Odor will go into another 1-1/2 year slump but even in his good years in the past he had slumps where he K’ed a lot. That will probably happen again. So just saying the lineup looks better when he and the others are hot. Agree on RC and Gallo.

          • JacobMcCandles

            OK….always keep in mind he is 24

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  • JacobMcCandles

    Jake’s PGA pick Fleetwood -1 for the day….4 shots from the lead. 28-1 long shot!!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    As much as Scare poked the sharp sick about Chris Carter…where he treaded water for awhile, ultimately was right. He used to take a beating on the Stros site on JA Happ being a good pitcher….he ended up being a Cy Young Winner. Never met anyone that had an eye for talent like him.

  • Gregor_S

    CJ talking about how Gallo seldom hits an ordinary flyout. I saw Dave Kingman hit a fair amount for various teams and never saw him an outfield fly that was caught. I’m sure he did it and I just didn’t see it, but from what I did see if he got it to the outfield it went out. He’d hit the bottom half of the ball which is a flyout for most hitters but not for him.

  • azrangerfan

    The link is from Jason Werth talking about nerds running baseball. I agree with alot he has to say. The game has changed.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/jayson-werth-talks-super-nerds-ruining-baseball-refusing-to-call-the-mets/ar-BBLG4dc?li=BBnb7Kz

  • Gregor_S

    All the scoring so far on HRs. Hard to beat the Yanks at that game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Remind me…why is Moore on the team?

  • JacobMcCandles

    @poss…….Duke says Hi!!!!! See him every day…a life treasure

  • elkaba

    Gallo below .200. Only Tocci worse. Can’t win many games this way.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yet Gallo is top 10 in HRs and RBIs with less ABs than the rest……paradox

      • elkaba

        He was 0-4 tonight. Check the standings. Does it really matter how many HR’s he hits if he’s not helping us win games?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Win loss record is not on Gallo

    • WhoKnowscs

      Can’t win many when you don’t have a hit until the 4-5th inning.