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Attendance is down in baseball ten percent.

Attendance is down in Arlington fifteen percent. That is according to the Dallas Morning News.

But you don’t have to read the local paper to know that. All you have to have is a working pair of eyes, or even one working eye, or even one partially working eye and the other one is glass, to see that every game at the Ballpark is about a third full.

A lot of reasons are given for this decline across the sport.

The first reason is weather. It’s not an excuse, it’s a reality. Baseball used to go from mid- or late-April to mid-September, then the World Series would start.

Then baseball expanded. So, it went until later in September and the post-season spilled over into the first week of October.

Then they said, “Let’s have more playoffs” So the post-season stared early October.  Then they added more playoffs and more rounds again. Now it ends in November. When most of the country is iced over.

They used to have regularly scheduled doubleheaders. So, the season could start later and end earlier. But that meant giving fans more for their money, and that doesn’t do owners any favors. Nothing free. They are even considering ways to ask for more money on the way out of extra inning games.

So, now, to prevent the Fall Classic from being the Winter Classic, they are starting the season earlier. And earlier. Fans be damned. Quality of baseball be damned.

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to see it, did it really happen? If a baseball game is played in the snow and sleet and brutally chilly conditions and nobody is there to watch it, did it really happen?

Owners have gotten greedy. Players want more time off. The result is a season that is stretched far beyond the limits of a fan’s interest level and of the weather’s cooperation The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo wondered aloud the other day whether the season should be shortened because those early games are just awful baseball. The owners, responding in true head-in-sand fashion, said, “If you want the season shorter you need to take less money because we will have less revenue.” They totally ignored the fact that the integrity of the game and the interest of the fans are compromised.

And they totally ignore that they already are ending up with less revenue anyway because nobody goes to watch a major league game when it’s 35 degrees.

They are already suffering a ten percent loss in attendance. And they are still paying the players one hundred percent of their salaries.

Einsteins they are not.

Then there is the fact that baseball has devolved into soccer. Pitchers have developed velocities that are beyond the ability of human batters to react to. So, it’s a game of strikeouts, with the occasional hit. Even the deadball era had movement. This era has dot races.

The problem compounds itself in Arlington because the Dallas-Fort Worth area is not a baseball market. The Cowboys haven’t been good or relevant for twenty years, but this is a Football Town; they will always draw. The Cowboys could lose every game the next fifty years (and they just might as long as Jerry Jones is the GM) and they would outdraw an apathetic Rangers team.

The Rangers are saving face with their announced attendance. It’s routinely around 24,000. The trouble is, that’s not the actual butts in seats attendance. And that’s where the team makes it serious revenue. Ticket revenue is good. But it’s about a quarter of what the team makes when a fan actually shows up and pays for parking and food and beverages and merchandise. The Rangers have give-away nights not to be fan friendly, but in an attempt to get fans in the Ballpark. The money is in fans being there.

The other deterrent is the quality of play of the field. In signing a rotation full of reclamation projects and rejects and has-beens, the Rangers front office held up the proverbial middle finger to the fan base who, correspondingly, responded in the most vociferous way possible: apathy. Every empty seat is a fan’s way of telling ownership exactly what it thinks of the job its front office is doing.

The arrogant baseball man will scoff and ask, “What do fans know?”

They know bad baseball when they see it. Or, more aptly, when they refuse to see it.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Cole Hamels (1-4, 3.94) vs. Justin Verlander (4-1, 1.17)
Game time: 7:10

How the Rangers hit against Verlander.
How the Astros hit against Hamels.

  • JacobMcCandles

    All good stuff….but weather in fall/winter doesn’t speak to now. Like I said earlier it’s not economical, as we are in the best financial shape in a decade. Don’t have a reason…..Rangers are easy to figure out, product sucks, future is bleak…..but other places like Cleveland are hard to understand. Houston attendance is thriving but they won a WS. Strange days indeed, most peculiar mama

  • GoRangers23
    • Rowdy Yates

      Whoopee! If Colby can string even 6 words together that make sense it’ll be a huge step up from Braymond.

      • GoRangers23

        I know that’s right! He will probably be pretty good at it. He seems smart.

    • GoRangers23

      Unfortunately, you will only be able to see Colby if you are watching the game on Facebook. 😡😡😡

      • JacobMcCandles

        Don’t belong to FAKEBOOK and never will.

        • GoRangers23

          You can have a Facebook account with only the Rangers on it if you want to. I have no people on mine. I just have businesses. I have some Disney sites so that I can keep up with the parks and the special offers; I have Taste of Home, a recipe site; and I have the Rangers. That’s it. That’s all I want to deal with. It is great!

  • GoRangers23

    This is absolutely retarded, in my opinion. I have somehow not heard of this until now…..or I forgot. 😳. What are people thinking?? This is probably ok for younger people, but what are people like my parents going to do? They won’t be tuning into Facebook to see a game. I doubt there will be a lot of older, loyal fans tuning into Facebook next Wednesday. Even though I will probably be able to figure out how to watch this game, it still makes me really mad that they would do this! It also means that this game can’t be recorded by anyone who would ordinarily miss it because they aren’t home to see it. Most people can’t get away with watching an entire game at work. Refresh

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  • GoRangers23

    Robinson Chirinos’ sister has been granted political asylum in the US. This is great news for his family. This has probably been weighing heavily on him. I’m glad it’s over!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I see what you did there. You can dream though.

    • WhoKnowscs

      If no one got this: The Rangers’ and Astros’ records are switched above.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Facebook….Really. What idiot in the front office thought this was a good idea. DUMBA$$.

    • GoRangers23

      It is actually something that MLB did. They will be showing one MLB game every single week on only Facebook. It’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard! It won’t be our team every week, thankfully, and I’m not sure how many times it will include us this season, but once is more than enough!

  • GoRangers23

    Maybe someone can figure out how to stream the game from Facebook to RR3? I’m not sure it’s possible, but maybe someone can try?

  • elkaba

    Good piece today, Kevin. It’s a puzzlement, isn’t it? Good teams. Bad teams. Attendance is down across the board. (I know. Except for Houston, Jake 🙂 I’m sure the ever lengthening season thing is a significant part of it. Summer was, is and forever will be baseball season. Not early spring. Not late fall. Not early winter. Those times are for other sports. So the stretched season is part of it.

    But I think there’s a more central reason- Baseball is not simply a game about one team vs. another or about one pitcher facing one batter. At it heart, baseball is really a game of magic and mythology vs. cold, hard numbers. Otherwise how could a sport so underpinned by and intertwined with statistics be yet so ethereal, mythical and non quantifiable at the same time? It’s really a contest of human will and determination vs. implacable statistical probabilities, the ultimate oxymoron of a sport.

    I think analytics and Statcast and ok, even instant replay and all the rest of today’s instant statistical modeling is robbing the sport of its most alluring and enduring qualities. As Moana’s grandmother would say, “We’ve stolen the heart of Tafiti.” Baseball is magic and myth unfolding before our eyes 162 times a year. Take away the mystery, the suspense, the magic and it’s just a game that lasts too long, costs too much and has too little action to keep us interested.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Helluva post elk Hemingway…only thing I would disagree with..cost.

      Still fairly cheap comparable to other ventures. And did you post a anti IR comment😄😎

      • azrangerfan

        I do believe price is a factor for some families. However I also believe the bigger picture for the majority of the fair weather Ranger fan is the quality of the product on the field. No one wants to jump on a crashing bandwagon.

        • elkaba

          That’s a good point AZ, but it doesn’t explain why attendance is dropping every year across the board. While the commissioner keeps looking for ways to shorten the games, I still think the length of the season and robbing the sport of its mysteries is doing more damage. Drilling the numbers down as far as saber metrics does just doesn’t leave a lot of room for surprises.

          Today, in Mudville, it wouldn’t be a matter of there being no joy when mighty Casey struck out. For the scattering of folks in the stands and on their computers at home, it would only produce yawns, having already been sliced and diced, reviewed and measured and analysed from every angle instantly, as soon as it happened. It’s all becoming about as exciting as taking an Algebra test, in other words one big snooze fest.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I agree cost is an issue…my point was comparing it to other entertainment venues

          • azrangerfan

            I don’t know the cost of other venues. Football, basketball, concerts, etc. However 8 home games regular season football 70,000 per = 560,000 total. Baseball is looking for 81 home dates and looking for 3 million plus. Should baseball be cheaper and if so or if it is how much cheaper per event? I don’t know.

          • elkaba

            It’s ten times the number of games, so at a minimum shouldn’t it be about a tenth of what football costs to attend? I know the value of a game isn’t determined by the number of games a season, but the economics of season tickets, frequent attendance, parking, food are.

      • elkaba

        You caught me. 🙂

    • Rowdy Yates

      “ethereal, mythical, and non-quantifiable …” Perfectly poetic and yet accurate!

  • azrangerfan

    The game in general would be better today without the recent rule changes including IR. IMO owners have overpaid because of greed and it has affected the integrity of the game. Home runs vs being a good hitter, pitchers throwing complete games, etc. I miss old school baseball.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Spot on AZ…..the more they try to change the game via IR and other silliness, the more they hurt the game. Leave it alone…..Fast food society whining about length of games…give me a break.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Nothing to do with “fast food society whining about length of games”. 1st game I ever attended July 7, 1955 St Louis beat Cincinnati 9-8 at Crosley Field. There were 25 hits, 2 errors, 10 base on balls. The game took 2 hrs 57 minutes to play. Today that game with those stats would be over 4 hours. It’s ridiculous.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Drink more beer

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  • GoRangers23

    News. Refresh. The first part is 😩😩😩😩. The second part is 😁😁😁😁 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57a0d782638867b28496a2434a7f377b9d829ff1b3eae52da417557944a89ea1.jpg

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Sad IKF is sitting.

      • elkaba

        It’s criminal.

      • Rowdy Yates

        At least Odor can look down that bench and see IKF sitting there and know his replacement is ready, willing, capable, and not one dimensional.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          True dat.

      • GoRangers23

        It truly is!!

      • Rowdy Yates

        I’m just thankful he’s still on the roster and available.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Odor will need to produce or the fans will be after JD’s head.

  • TD30
    • elkaba

      Ugh… Odor.

      • JacobMcCandles

        2 HRs tonight

        • dearmidol

          If by two home runs you mean four strikeouts, then, yes.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          2 Ks 1 error.

      • TD30

        I know!😤

    • FlappingGums

      Thanks, TD!!!😀

  • azrangerfan

    So excited Odor is back.

  • azrangerfan

    Banny ease Odor back in hahahhahaha

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjgCqbPGq2A

    A warped mind wanted me to post this…….LO

    • dearmidol

      Great song.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Haha

  • JacobMcCandles

    I know the Rounders have given up on Odor……give the kid a chance….very young, ton of potential. Its not like we have a lot to lose.

    • dearmidol

      I hope he figures it out.

      • WhoKnowscs

        We all hope that. Since the other option is we keep throwing him out there to play and he doesn’t . . . we are essentially stuck with him.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s not about his potential. Players with potential are supposed to play in the minors when there are better options. it’s that were stuck giving person ‘A’ preferential treatment over person ‘B’ that has shown he deserves to play . . . because of money and the inability to admit to a mistake.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Patience Grasshopper

  • dearmidol

    Verlander was kind of wild that inning.

  • JacobMcCandles

    HBP and Springer doesn’t take the pass….wow

  • WhoKnowscs

    At least it wasn’t a homer?

  • dearmidol

    What a great defensive turn by Odor.

    • azrangerfan

      All I can say is WOW

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kevin……don’t know if you saw the post late last night….watched Fastball, good tip

    • dearmidol

      No, I missed it. Glad you liked it. I loved the part where they asked Mike Schmidt what’s the difference between a 93-mile-an-hour fastball and a 100-mile-an-hour fastball.

      • JacobMcCandles

        My fav parts were Bob Gibson saying I dont throw at batters I hit batters! And if you look at Gibson.Ryan,Koufax….the velocity comes from their legs!!!

      • Rowdy Yates

        I missed that show. Was it part of ESPN series?

        What did did Schmidt say? “7 miles per hour?”

        • JacobMcCandles

          Netflix…Costner narrates

          • Rowdy Yates

            Thx, just put it on my Netflix list.

            Watched the worst war movie ever last night via Netfilx … “Dunkirk”. Couldn’t believe how lame it was and it got lottsa 4 and 5 stars from folks who evidently have no idea what actually happened there or what an actual dogfight or strafing a beach looks like.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thats wild…..I saw it on IMax and liked it….watched again on TV and turned it off……..I was amazed at how many people were not aware of that huge event. I rented Midway last night.

            Think I told you but the cemetary at Normandy on the cliff over looking the water drove me to tears

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yeah I was there on June 6 about 5 yrs ago with my retired Spec Ops buddy. It was a great ceremony, wonderful flyover with 3 C130s (buddy’s favorite plane to pilot) and the cemetery was incredible. That morning our group walked in (shoes in hand) with the incoming tide on Normandy beach to get a feel for what it was like. The tide was coming in so fast we could barely get above the high tide line before it was above our shorts. We were wet!

  • azrangerfan

    If these guys would start bunting when the situation allows it the shifts would go away. Gallo could be on first base now.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not a big fan of Gallo bunting but I am when he is leading off….good call

  • Rowdy Yates

    At least he didn’t K on his 1st AB back in action.

  • JacobMcCandles

    The Majority of high priced SPs that are acquired usually dont prove their worth…ask the Cubs about Darvish. But Verlander:

    With the Stros 9-1 97 IP 44 hits 16 walks 113 SOs 1.13 ERA…….yowza

    • dearmidol

      That was a great trade. Beyond great.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah and they did it the yr they let Beltran go….so he was cheaper.

    • WhoKnowscs

      David Price is getting 30+ mil and had to be scratched for a few days because of a mild case of carpel tunnel. Saw an article earlier on Yahoo that said he was playing Fortnite (computer game) in the clubhouse.

  • dearmidol

    Hamels is a bit wild so far as well.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’d be curious to know . . . how many rule 5 draft picks end up being put on disabled lists with ‘fake’ injuries because they can’t go to the minors.

    • azrangerfan

      I would say not very many.

  • GoRangers23

    Can we get a handicap like in golf? Because I don’t think it’s fair that we have to play the World Series Champions with both Odor and Profar in the lineup at the same time. 😩😡

    • WhoKnowscs

      They say no . . . because we aren’t forced to use both Odor and Profar.

      • GoRangers23

        😭.

  • TD30

    Oh crap!

  • azrangerfan

    There will be retaliation!

    • JacobMcCandles

      One thing about the Astros….never charge the mound……actually its bad they don’t…….last yr they were second in HBP…yr before first

    • TD30

      I’m sure you are right and it sucks.

  • JacobMcCandles

    DDs ball Gallo

    • WhoKnowscs

      Just be glad we don’t have Leo still with him in center trying to call for it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah that was a major issue with Leo…..he would not take charge

        • WhoKnowscs

          Couldn’t hear him with his high pitched, weak voice.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wonder who gets hit in retaliation . . . DD, Maz or Beltre

    • JacobMcCandles

      No one trust me

      • WhoKnowscs

        Probably not, we don’t want another Elvis situation.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Stros just don’t play that way

    • GoRangers23

      I think they would have too much respect for Beltre, but if they retaliate, it will be against whoever they deem the best on our team. Maybe Delino? Gallo? Maz?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe we should start talking up Odor instead of dreading him.

        • GoRangers23

          LOL

  • WhoKnowscs

    Springer out.

    • GoRangers23

      That’s such a shame! I hate it when that happens!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Been HBP and knocked out for three seasons….why that need to stand up for themselves

        • GoRangers23

          Do you think that Cole did it on purpose? Because he is a really nice person and I cannot see him doing anything like that on purpose. It looked to me like he was not happy about it. Its not always on purpose.

          • JacobMcCandles

            No I don’t but sometimes it does not matter

          • GoRangers23

            I guess my point is that, why should you need to stand up for yourself if you are hit on accident?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Cuz they get hit a ton

          • dearmidol

            I think because sometimes they do senseless things.

          • GoRangers23

            Lol. Yes, they do! 😄

          • elkaba

            Because… male.

          • dearmidol

            Exactly.

          • GoRangers23

            Yep, I knew that . 😄

          • dearmidol

            It’s not that as much as it is testosterone.

          • dearmidol

            No way he did it on purpose. But sometimes they retaliate anyway.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Another example of a runner getting a SB off the pitcher not the catcher

    • dearmidol

      He was nearly to second by the time the pitch got to the catcher.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep…thats what skews that stat about catchers throwing runners out

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice play

  • WhoKnowscs

    Should Guzman get his new walk up music from this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDtNLuQX5GQ

    • dearmidol

      Where did you find that?

      • WhoKnowscs

        I searched Youtube for “Condorman” which I used to watched growing up. Every time they call Guzman, “The Condor” The name “Condorman” pops in my head. Also just thought of “Three Days of the Condor” but that doesn’t have a catchy tune.

  • dearmidol

    Wow, I thought he was going to be out.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stupid Profar but got lucky

  • dearmidol

    Here comes a HR by Odor.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I called it first LO

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        Nope I did. K!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well….hard game to walk away from……but have to visit a Vet in Hospice……Bring it home

    • GoRangers23

      Later Jake

  • WhoKnowscs

    Hey Rangers! Instead of waiting until you are down 5-0 to homer . . . why not do so here!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Guzman is saving the Rangers opposition runners every game with his glove.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Gold Glove could be in his future.

    • GoRangers23

      I think it’s just a matter of time until he starts really hitting the ball too. He seems like a really good player all around.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hope his bat could start doing a little more.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Astro’s stories with Dave . . . in the Ranger’s broadcast . . . not that it wasn’t something to listen to.

  • elkaba

    Wow! Good game so far. Wish Profar had managed to get that ball to go left of the pole!

  • dearmidol

    As the announcers talk about how great of a steal DeShields was, they tend to forget that the Rangers let Odubel Herrera get away in the same Rule 5 Draft. So, maybe they weren’t the geniuses they are painting them out to be. As good as DeShields has turned out to be, Herrera is better.

    • azrangerfan

      I believe Solarte was another rule 5 loss

      • dearmidol

        Didn’t know that.

        • azrangerfan

          Not positive. I’ll check.

      • azrangerfan

        nope my bad. rangers signed him to a minor league contract in 2012. he elected free agency in 2013

  • dearmidol

    What sucks is Hamels will be pitch counted. Then it’s a free for all.

    • WhoKnowscs

      You ask why attendance is down? I give you stupid managers that all ruin the game with bad manager decisions. Who would want to go watch a game where the manager thinks overworked bullpens are better than a starter that’s given up 1 hit in 6 innings because of an arbitrary number.

      • dearmidol

        That is one problem, and it’s real. Like Rowdy just said, this is a great, taut pitcher’s dual. That won’t last because it won’t be allowed to last.

  • Rowdy Yates

    I don’t usually like scoreless games. But this is one helluva good ballgame.

  • dearmidol

    Hamels has five pitches left. How depressing.

  • dearmidol

    It is.

  • dearmidol

    Pitch 100. See you, Cole.

  • elkaba

    Nice defense that.

  • dearmidol

    Nomar is on fire.

  • dearmidol

    The Rangers have a chance to win this if they leave in Hamels.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Banny thinks other wise.

      • GoRangers23

        I don’t think he really THINKS at all.

      • elkaba

        No. Banny doesn’t think. He just follows the script.

        • GoRangers23

          😄.

          • elkaba

            Great minds… 🙂

        • WhoKnowscs

          So you are saying we need go to Hollywood to get a screenwriter for a Manager? Well . . . Cole’s Nickname is Hollywood.

          • elkaba

            No. We need a manager who knows baseball. AND CAN THINK.

  • dearmidol

    Come on, Gallo. This is your moment.

    • elkaba

      Early and to the left!

  • WhoKnowscs

    He was never going to give Beltre anything there.

  • dearmidol

    Full count. Great moment here.

  • elkaba

    Profar’s got his chance.

  • dearmidol

    If the Astros do go to their bullpen, their bullpen sucks.

    • JacobMcCandles

      ???? Have one of the better BPs in MLB

      • dearmidol

        I guess I mean their closer.

        • JacobMcCandles

          They go with a hot hand…..Giles does not come in all the time

  • GoRangers23

    I am having to watch this on my Apple TV, which is behind….Did Joey get a hit?

    • dearmidol

      BB

      • GoRangers23

        YES!!

        • elkaba

          Bases loaded for PRofar. No outs!

          • GoRangers23

            Thanks!

          • dearmidol

            Rangers in last place.

          • GoRangers23

            Yes. Yes they are. 😄

  • dearmidol

    Wow, what a break for the Rangers.

  • dearmidol

    Stupid baseball.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Now Devinski can give Verlander a loss.

  • elkaba

    Sweet.

  • dearmidol

    Good at-bat there.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Good job Profar!

  • Gregor_S

    Maybe Banny will shock us and let Hamels start the 7th. Of course he’d lift him after one batter, no matter what the batter does.

    Of course it’s more likely that he’ll bring in someone who immediately gives up whatever lead the Rangers may have, to ensure doesn’t Hamels doesn’t win his second game of the year.

    • dearmidol

      This is winnable. That would be a shame.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Here comes Rouggie.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Double Play coming.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Twice as bad as a K.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Nope just a K.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny could have had a moment of Genius there if he’d pinch hit IKF

    • elkaba

      That’s Managing Baseball 102. Banny’s not there yet.

      • WhoKnowscs

        But I was.

      • GoRangers23

        Haha!

  • dearmidol

    That was a ball.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Not far enough away to not protect in this situation.

  • dearmidol

    Chirinos is due.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Over due

    • Rowdy Yates

      …. still

  • elkaba

    What a waste.

    • azrangerfan

      could cost the game to only get one run out of that

      • elkaba

        Wouldn’t be the first time.

    • dearmidol

      Time for the bullpen to step up and not waste the wasted opportunity.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Nice to get the run but the Rangers can’t really expect to beat the Astros with 1 run and their BP. They needed that clutch hit and 2 more runs … that hit with RISP that they hardly ever get.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Mr fear: Odor’s probably going to go like 1 for 15. Then Banny will put in IKF for a game. But because IKF will have 3+ days off he will not have his rhythm back probably and Banny will accept no accountability.

    • dearmidol

      I think they will let Odor play for a while.

  • GoRangers23

    Man, I have missed that cocky walk, big gold chain, dirty hat, long beard, and strikeouts…..😳🙄

  • Rowdy Yates

    What’s Diekman in for? It’s not the 8th inning.

  • azrangerfan

    They said earlier that with all the ks there will be 10,000 fewer balls put inplay this year compared to 2009. wow

    • dearmidol

      Pitiful.

  • dearmidol

    Good inning.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Diek has looked very good last couple of times

  • Rowdy Yates

    DIEEEEEEEEK!

  • dearmidol

    My daughter is moving to Houston in July. That means I am going to have to go to that city.

    • JacobMcCandles

      If you stay at a hotel….Try the Magnolia…two blocks away from Minute Maid….turn of the century bldg used to HQ the newspaper. Pool on the top floor…..sweet

      • dearmidol

        Thanks.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Really nice outdoor bar close……and a great BBQ place which I cannot remember right now

    • azrangerfan

      no traffic, no bugs, no humidity, no heat. you’ll love being there.lol

      • dearmidol

        Sounds like paradise.

        • azrangerfan

          kinda like san diego

        • JacobMcCandles

          Skeeters are so big they will take your cap off and fly away

    • Rowdy Yates

      You could just disown her.

      • dearmidol

        It’s on the docket.

      • GoRangers23

        Lol

      • JacobMcCandles

        That would apply to Austin… : )

        • dearmidol

          She’s moving from Austin. Graduates next Friday.

          • GoRangers23

            Congratulations!

          • JacobMcCandles

            The most un Texan city in TX….strange

        • Rowdy Yates

          Says the guy from Arlington, the only city ever to be the ugly star of a cartoon series.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Live there…..I am a Okie…but Houston is my fav

          • Rowdy Yates

            Wow … Houston’s improved a lot the past two decades but is still the worst big city in TX by a mile and then some.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Opinion….LO

          • Rowdy Yates

            Isn’t that what we’re here for?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yessir

          • elkaba

            Zero zoning. Same as Arlington.

          • dearmidol

            No zoning in Arlington?

          • elkaba

            Doesn’t appear to be. Just like Houston, you have houses next to businesses, next to who knows what.

          • dearmidol

            Baseball stadiums next to football stadiums. The worst dregs of society.

          • elkaba

            LOL

          • JacobMcCandles

            Prettiest city, more to do…and the beach is close

          • elkaba

            Beach is a plus for sure.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yeah …. it’s great. But it’s in Galveston not Houston. So why not just live in Galveston.

          • elkaba

            There you go. Better yet farther down the coast near Padre is even better.

          • JacobMcCandles

            So Padre is the best

          • elkaba

            I like a little more laid back, like Port Aransas, but yeah. Padre is nice.

          • Rowdy Yates

            We lived on Padre Island on the water for 5 yrs after retiring. It is a BORING place but very peaceful and beautiful IMO. Like living in Austin a lot more even if the over the top never ending politics never stops with the University and the Legislature here.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thought you lived in Corpus…..Both?

          • Rowdy Yates

            On the island directly across from Corpus. Right across the bridge for several miles is in fact in Corpus city limits.

          • elkaba

            Have you been back lately? On the way to the bridge is now a humongous wind farm. Miles and miles of them facing the coast on both sides of the highway. Really awesome.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Haven’t been down in about 5 yrs. The wind turbines are on the island? I didn’t think they could put them there.

          • elkaba

            No. On the mainland side of the island from the bridge south of Port Aransas. It’s on the way from PA to Corpus by the bridge.

          • elkaba

            Make that on the mainland side of the bridge.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Not sure I’dve liked sitting on the deck or looking out the 2nd story glass and starting across the Laguna Madre at wind turbines.

          • Rowdy Yates

            I always liked Rockport and actually wish we had lived there. But it really got beat up last last year from the photos I’ve seen. It’s a shame because it was one of the best towns on the Tx coast.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Houston is Arlington times 10 plus humidity and bugs.

          • elkaba

            Yep

          • JacobMcCandles

            Dallas blues

      • elkaba

        Lots of facetime.

  • Gregor_S

    Interesting that Grieve is doing a road game. Haven’t seen CJ in awhile. Not that I’m complaining. But I’d prefer Grieve and CJ to Grieve and Raymond.

    • dearmidol

      Probably since it’s not that far from home.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not much choice there…LO

      • Gregor_S

        CJ actually knows a little about baseball. Have seen no evidence Raymond does.

        But the worst is Raymond and CJ, which is what we get most of the time.

        • dearmidol

          I like CJ. Nice sense of humor.

          • Gregor_S

            I like him when he’s with Grieve. With Raymond they have these bizarre off-topic conversations that they seem to think are entertaining but I don’t think anyone else does.

        • JacobMcCandles

          CJ is very intelligent…just doesn;t translate to broadcast IMO

  • Rowdy Yates

    I knew it …. Hinch is a finger sniffer!

    • GoRangers23

      Hahahahaha

  • JacobMcCandles

    Sipp…very hittable

  • dearmidol

    WTH? He looked safe.

    • azrangerfan

      why no challenge

      • dearmidol

        Great question.

  • dearmidol

    Wow, that was close.

  • elkaba

    Looked safe to me. Why no challenge?

  • dearmidol

    Awesome. Make them pay.

  • elkaba

    Looking lots of gift horses in the mouth this game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      How many people have got a gift horse?

      • elkaba

        Huh?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Your post

          • elkaba

            No idea what you’re talking about.

  • dearmidol

    What a great game.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Sure wish they hadn’t have tried to steal.

    • dearmidol

      Especially since the next pitch was a wild pitch.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m sure I’d feel differently if it’d worked.

      • Gregor_S

        It was a sensible time to go since a lot better to be on third with one out than on second. Just didn’t work.

        • WhoKnowscs

          Just hate giving outs away

          • dearmidol

            He did look safe, though.

          • Gregor_S

            Very close. Problem was the ump ruled against us, so might have been tough to overturn. But I’ve seen Banny make much dumber challenges.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Thought he was out….but its IR..worth a challenge

          • Gregor_S

            A risk with any stolen base attempt. Would have been bad to make the third out at third, since with two out the benefit of being at third instead of second is minimal.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yeah I liked the move

  • dearmidol

    Arg.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Here goes the game.

  • WhoKnowscs

    We need a working Dyson back here.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Is he with a MLB team this yr?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Giants I think.

        • dearmidol

          Yes, been in 16 games so far. Just checked.

    • azrangerfan

      the last dyson we had blew

      • elkaba

        Love my Dyson. It’s cordless. 🙂

        • WhoKnowscs

          I like mine . . . one of the original Yellow ones.

        • JacobMcCandles

          AB makes a good Hoover

  • dearmidol

    Jose having a good season so far.

  • Gregor_S

    Leclerc has been in just about every game lately.

    • elkaba

      You know Banny. Never met a relief pitcher he couldn’t burn out.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Already burned out everyone else.

  • elkaba

    We don’t seem to be getting the same strike zone as Verlander did.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I think it changed when the starters left.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Now now

  • JacobMcCandles

    Great base running

    • dearmidol

      Ballys like DeShields last inning.

      • dearmidol

        Ballsy.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Correa ties the game

  • dearmidol

    Get this guy

  • dearmidol

    Nice catch.

  • JacobMcCandles

    WHEWWWWWWWW

    • dearmidol

      Down to Kela.

      • Gregor_S

        Yup. But let’s not think about that just yet. Maybe the Rangers can score a run or two first.

        • Gregor_S

          Or not.

          Kela has been very hit or miss. Which by the standards of Rangers closers is pretty good, unfortunately.

    • Gregor_S

      Not many first basemen who are fun to watch play their position but he seems to be one.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallo . . . first is free for the taking.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I want him bunting leading off….after that No

  • dearmidol

    Gallo .208.
    Odor .189.
    Chirinos .180.
    Guzman .200.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Might I suggest a new hitting coach?

    • azrangerfan

      pathetic

    • Gregor_S

      Time for Mendoza to come out of retirement. This is his era and his team.

    • GoRangers23

      See, this is why I don’t look at the numbers. I’m happier that way. 😄

      • dearmidol

        Smart.

  • dearmidol

    Middle of the order here.

  • dearmidol

    One.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Marwin power is from the left side

  • dearmidol

    Two.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Hurry up and say 3 already.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Great pitch Keone.

    • dearmidol

      Awesome curve.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Diek and Kela have been dealing

  • GoRangers23

    Kela got his mojo back!

  • Rowdy Yates

    SHUT UP BRAYMOND!!!!!

    • dearmidol

      Really.

  • JacobMcCandles

    RC jumping up cost a strike

    • dearmidol

      That’s been a strike all night.

      • JacobMcCandles

        When he jumped up….blocks the Ump

  • dearmidol

    Swung at ball four.

  • dearmidol

    Swung at ball five.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Throw that curve again.

  • dearmidol

    Three.

  • Rowdy Yates

    What a great win!

  • dearmidol

    First shutout of the year.

    • WhoKnowscs

      First 1-0 Rangers win since . . .?

      • JacobMcCandles

        2011

        • dearmidol

          2011 was first 1-0 win against Houston.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Haha….I was being facetious

          • dearmidol

            Ha.

      • dearmidol

        First 1-0 win since July 15 last season against the Royals.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Helluva game

  • TD30

    Hooray!

  • Rowdy Yates

    ….. and again the Stros don’t get any runs for Verlander.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Second straight 1-0 loss for V

      • dearmidol

        Wow, that’s tough.

  • GoRangers23

    WOO HOOO!!! SHUT. THEM. OUT!

  • Gregor_S

    Thanks to Gattis for a really dumb AB there, could’ve walked on either of two pitches and moved the runner to second.

    Happy for the win and happy for Hamels, who must’ve been sweating ’til the end.

    • JacobMcCandles

      McCann

      • Gregor_S

        Whoops, didn’t mean to slander Gattis.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Its ok….Lumberjack is batting .190

  • Rowdy Yates

    Profar sounding like an old experienced vet talking with Em.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kids are playing better ball…..Toods

  • FlappingGums

    WAY TO GO RANGERS!!!!

    • GoRangers23

      Hey Flap!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Season series now 4-4

  • WhoKnowscs

    I switched over and watched the bottom of the ninth on mlb tonight. Much better commentary.