“Tomorrow we will all wear 42 so they can’t tell us apart”

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Today is April 15, 2013 just any old day to some, but to others marks a very historic day. It is Jackie Robison day.  Some may not know who Jackie Robinson is and to those people I ask to please go inform yourself of who this brave man is.

To be completely honest until about 13 years ago I wasn’t even too sure who he was. I did not know why Jackie was so important. Then I did a little bit of research and read up on why the number 42 was retired throughout the all of baseball. What I read shocked me and put things into perspective for me. The sport that I love did not allow black people to play in the majors and more shockingly when Jackie and Branch Rickey tried to break this color barrier the reaction it got. This weekend the movie 42 came out and put things into REAL perspective for me (because we all know I’d rather watch a movie than read a book) and gave me more of an appreciation of why Jackie is important. It has made me a little sick that at some point the country I love was like this at some point. This was a man who was allowed to serve our country and fight to defend equal rights but could not play ball with white people. This is sickening to me. I know it is just a movie and that some things were probably taken out to make the story more appropriate to be a movie but I still could not imagine how it must have been to be around in that time.  I knew there had always been a problem with racism before the civil rights movement but I guess I had always taken that for granted and never really understood.

I am happy I got to grow up in a time where people of all colors can play baseball together, but it is not without Jackie Robinson that this is possible. Let us all take sometime to reflect and pay respects to this courageous man who broke the color barrier in baseball. Today we are all 42. Thank you Jackie Robinson!

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Bobblehead Jason

Well over the past few months I have grown into a new addiction, that addiction is collecting bobbleheads. I know it sounds crazy, but there is this huge market for bobbleheads and more specifically SGA bobbleheads. (SGA means stadium giveaways) At any given time on eBay there are about 4,000-6,000 post of SGA bobbleheads up for sale.
Most of you will say “Jason, this is some fad you are going through and it will not last.” To those of you I say “nay” this is here to stay. It is a huge rush when you get a new bobblehead in the mail and try and find room for it on your case where ever it may be. And so you know, this is only the beginning. It will only get bigger from here. This is just the beginning of something great!!

I leave you now for a bit with a few pictures of my collection, go ahead and drool over them. I know its impressive, but not as impressive as it should be!

Rangers Bobbleheads

Dallas Mavs Bobbleheads

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Baseball, Apple Pie, and Vampire Diaries

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Sometimes in life you are just plain wrong.  When I was 5, my mom told me I was playing baseball.  “Um, no, I’m not, MOM.  Baseball is intrinsically boring and a mirage of ‘slice of life Americana’.  Quit trying to control my life and live vicariously,” I said harshly, as I was a highly advanced and contrarian 5 year old.

“Just try it for a year,” she replied in an extremely mom-like fashion. “If you don’t like it after a year, you won’t have to play anymore.”  What else could I say?  It was a reasonable request with a built in escape clause.  So I played baseball that year… and the following 12 years… and coed softball in college… and at my company’s softball game…  and I watch approximately 75-115 games during the baseball season… and it’s my favorite sport.  I was wrong.  I love baseball.  I wish my mom would have started me at 4 years old.

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Thanks for the Memories Josh Hamilton

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Well Josh Hamiliton, it was great having you here but I kinda hate to see you go. We have had some up times and we have had some down times. I’d like to say that I will remember you for your good times but all that will come to mind will be 2012 and how in the last 2 weeks of what could have possibly been the greatest season in Rangers baseball you struck out 18 times in the last 10 games. But before you do leave the Rangers and everyone starts to boo you every time you come back to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington I’d like to remind everyone of the good times you have had here as a Ranger.

Well let’s talk about how every year you were a Ranger you were also an All-Star.

Let’s also talk about how even though you fell apart in the most important time of the season this year, you may have had one of the best seasons of your life. You had 43 HR (career high) 128 RBI (2 shy of a career high) 31 doubles (tied career high) 60 BB (4 shy of a career high) 324 TB (7 shy of a career high). Like I said, one of your best years, but the number that hurts me the most is the 162 SO this season (also a career high) and the fact that you made 15 million this year (also a career high). What I want to know is why you gave up in the last few weeks of play? Why did you feel the need to say that you do not owe the Rangers anything? Why don’t you owe the Rangers anything? Do you not remember the time after you were down and out from 2004-06 when no one really wanted you and the Reds tried you out? Who was there to pick you up Josh, the Rangers were. The Rangers were also there when you had your first relapse and then they were there for your second relapse. The Rangers never placed you on suspension for that. They had faith in you and gave you chance after chance. But no more Josh, no longer will this be our problem.

I’ll be the first person in line to say thank you for every thing you have done as a Ranger but will also be the first in line to kick your ass out the door. As hard as it will be to replace a career .300 hitter and almost 40 HRs a season it would have been harder to see you leave if your efforts in the last few weeks would have not been so piss poor.

In the words of Fall Out Boy

“And I want these words to make things right

But it’s the wrongs that make the words come to life

“Who does he think he is?”

If that’s the worst you’ve got better put your fingers back to the keys

One night and one more time

Thanks for the memories

Even though they weren’t so great

He tastes like you only sweeter”

And on that note I will leave you with a few words from twitter when I asked people to say a few things about you.

@50ShadesOfBJ said “Sucks”

@RealNelsonCruz (not really Nelson Cruz) said “Can’t wait for him to be gone. His negative attitude and lack of caring is not what the Rangers need”.

And @TexRangersFan34 said “blogging is graffiti with punctuation’. Not sure what that has anything to do with you but it was all said.

Holler Josh Hamilton!

Shhhh…Don’t Tell Anyone…This Profar Kid is Good

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Nice game today. The most amazing moment came when 19-year-old Jurickson Profar came to bat for the very first time. He turned and burned on a pitch that really didn’t look like a mistake.  I saw the right fielder run to the wall and my phone froze. Yeah, they very phone I posted my previous post with. I did get to see it again and several times since and it was very impressive. It’s funny online, listed first as 383, then 388 and then on ESPN a while ago I saw it listed at 391.  I guess the grown ups felt a little fired up after that because Josh, Adrian and Murph all went yard later in the game, all in one inning. Derek had what is being called a solid start but when he gave up that two-run shot to Santana he got some of Wash’s tough love.

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THE LEGO CAR BLOG

This creation has just thrown our entire perception of vehicle colouring out the window. What’s next, a green Ferrari? Anyway, despite Lego Fire Museum Inc‘s obvious lack of red bricks, they’ve done very well with the white pieces they had available. This mini-figure scale pumper is a 1970 Sanford Quint, based on a Ford C series truck chassis. They were a popular apparatus, and some are still in service in the Northern United States. To see more of Lego Fire Museum Inc’s rescue services fleet visit MOCpages at the link above.

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