With thirteen more days until pitchers and catcher report, here is a re-post of an article from the morning after I saw Tom Petty in concert. I got a lot of comments about this one being particularly lame. So I am re-posting it now so those who disliked it the first time can enjoy it all over again. I’m heading out of town. Enjoy:
There’s an old stoner myth about the Wizard Of Oz and the Pink Floyd album “Dark Side Of The Moon.”
It is said if you start the album on the third lion roar in the opening credits, the picture of the movie and the music of the album form an uncanny synchronicity, changing together at dramatic moments, themes aligning, stories happening in unison.
Like, supposedly, when the Scarecrow dances on the lawn, Pink Floyd sings, “the lunatic is on the grass.” When Dorothy and the Scarecrow start their way down the yellow brick road, Pink Floyd sings, “got to keep the loonies on the path.” When the Scarecrow starts signing about if he only had a brain, “Brain Damage” plays.
Brain damage could be used to describe the person who “discovered this.” Or just high as a kite.
This is the most foolish thing anyone’s ever heard,right? How could a random music selection possibly have anything to do with a random movie?
I thought that. Until last night.
That’s when I went to see Tom Petty in concert. The moment he walked out on stage and began playing, they played the Rangers 2014 highlight reel on the backdrop behind him on stage. The symmetry blew my mind.
And I wasn’t even stoned.
The concert started right as the opening credits rolled on the 2014 Texas Rangers Highlight tape. I was amazed at how they lined up perfectly:
OPENING CREDITS ROLL, SHOTS OF SPRING TRAINING.
“We Stand A Chance”
RON WASHINGTON NAMES TANNER SCHEPPERS OPENING DAY STARTER.
“Don’t Do Me Like That”
“You Can Still Change Your Mind”
RON WASHINGTON DOESN’T’ CHANGE HIS MIND.
THE RANGERS PUT JOE SAUNDERS IN THE ROTATION.
“All The Wrong Reasons”
PROFAR OFFICIALLY LOST FOR THE SEASON.
RANGERS WIN EIGHT OUT OF NINE, TAKE A HALF-GAME LEAD.
“Too Good To Be True” “Won’t Last Long”
IT DOESN’T LAST LONG.
“About To Give Out”
MORE INJURIES HIT.
PRINCE FIELDER GOES DOWN.
RANGERS TURN TO MITCH MORELAND.
RANGERS SIGN CARLOS PEÑA.
“What Are You Doin’?”
JUNE, THE LONG DARK LOSING STARTS.
“The Damage You’ve Done”
JULY, RANGERS WIN JUST SIX GAMES.
“How Many More Days?”
JON DANIELS ADDRESSES TEAM AFTER ALL-STAR BREAK.
TEAM CONTINUES LOSING ANYWAY.
“A One Story Town”
J.P. ARENCIBIA HAS MONSTER WEEK AFTER ALL-STAR BREAK.
“You Got Lucky”
AUGUST, MORE LOSING.
“Even The Losers”
GEOVANY SOTO BUSTED FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, THAN TRADED.
“Last Dance With Mary Jane”
ELVIS CONTINUES SEASON LONG STRUGGLES.
“When A Kid Goes Bad” “I Should Have Known It”
DARVISH GOES DOWN.
SEPTEMBER STARTS, MORE LOSING.
“Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)”
RON WASHINGTON ABRUPTLY RESIGNS.
“She’s An American Girl”
“Last Time You’re Gonna Hurt Me”
“Letting You Go”
TIM BOGAR TAKES OVER.
“You Don’t Have To Live Like A Refuge”
“Something Good Coming”
“Make It Better”
RON WASHINGTON PRESS CONFERENCE.
“I Need To Know”
“Don’t’ Come Around Here No More”
RANGERS WIN TWELVE OUT OF THIRTEEN UNDER BOGAR.
“Climb That Hill”
“Learning To Fly”
“You Can Still Change Your Mind”
“Running Down A Dream”
ODOR, RUA, SMOLINSKI FLOURISH.
“Grew Up Fast”
“Hope On Board”
TODAY’S GAME STARTS AT 7:05.
“One More Night, One More Day”
Concert ends. Tom Petty waves goodbye to the crowd: “Thank you, North Texas. See you next year.”
(ENCORE) OFFSEASON BEGINS.
“The Waiting Is The Hardest Part”
Hmmm, maybe those stoners were right.