Pictorial countdown to Opening Day 2011, starring various Dallas/Foat Wuth sports stars past and present.
(I meant to start this on Monday, but got distracted by a shiny object)
45 Days (Monday)
Derek Holland, he of the eleven straight balls and three straight walks in the disaster that was Game 2 of the 2010 World Series. He’s been a top prospect for the last few years, but it’s time for him to step up in 2011 and earn/keep a spot in the starting rotation.
44 Days (Tuesday)
Robert Newhouse, Dallas Cowboys fullback from my junior high/high school days. Nicknamed “The Bowling Ball”, he was short, stout, lead blocker for Tony Dorsett back in the day. Was pretty good on short yardage third-down carries too if I remember right.
43 Days (Today)
Cliff Harris, another former Cowboys great, tormented wide receivers along with Charlie Waters for those great Cowboys teams of the 70’s. I had his autograph (along with many other Cowboys of that period), but somehow managed to lose it like an idiot.
Happy Hump Day!
For the first time in my baseball life, The Baseball Gods have bestowed upon yours truly a mercifully short off-season. Don’t get me wrong, hockey has done a very admirable job of sustaining me through The Bad Time the last coupla years, but brother, it just ain’t baseball.
Pitchers and Catchers, come hither, The Baseball Gods-Uh hath summoned thee!
“I feel like a spurned lover.” This is pretty much the consensus feeling in Rangerdom right now. Me, I’m not quite sure which stage o’ grief I’m in right now, probably irrational anger as I look at the picture to your right.
Despite all of the “fun” Cliff claims to have had here in his short tenure, despite the alleged friendships that were cultivated, in the end, it just feels like he’s told us “Sorry Texas Rangers, you just aren’t good enough.” This of course, makes me angry.
However, as I ride this roller coaster of fandom emotions today, at points I’m also finding myself a little relieved. Truth be told, I was never comfortable with the $$$ and contract lengths being thrown around, given Lee’s age. I figured we’d get at most, three really good years out of him before the inevitable decline.
Anyway, I’m sure as hell glad the Rangers aren’t in the NL East, that Philly starting four looks freaking incredible. Kudos to their Ninja GM for pulling off this last second swipe under everyone’s noses.
Oh, and on the bright-side, at least he isn’t a MF Yankee.
I’ve been too giddy/depressed/giddy lately and haven’t posted any playoff pics, here’s a quick one from the BAPL VIP seats a couple hours before Game 3 of the World Series last night: