Tough break for Kameron Loe. He has been optioned to AAA Oklahoma City and will not break camp with the Rangers this year. I know that he will be back up with the big club later in the year. He had a rough spring and could not avoid the long ball. One thing about the Rangers pitching staff is that is a very fluid segment of the roster and Kam will no doubt be back up in Arlington soon. Until then the Snake Pit will be here when he returns.
We are home from Surprise and exhausted. What can I say, it is great fun for the baseball loving fools that we are.
I have tons of pictures and hope to get some more of them posted soon. It will take me a while to sort through the 400 or so shots we took. I have posted some already but we have lots more.
The Rangers staff was great, the players were great, the Surprise complex was great, and the weather was great. Do you get the idea that I thought it was great?
We are ready for the season to begin. We are working on where we will have dinner and watch the game Monday when the Rangers open in Seattle. I sure it will be some place with a large TV and good food.
Another great day at Spring Training. We spent the morning at the practice fields. It is nice to be able to take part in spring training as fans. We tried to check out the White Sox in Tucson on Wednesday but security would not let us in. I guess not all teams allow full access by the fans. THANK YOU RANGERS! We are lucky enough sit in the same bleachers as Nolan Ryan or JD and check out the minor league games. TOO COOL!
Caught the Saturday afternoon game in Peoria against Seattle. Rough start for Hurley. He got knocked around pretty good in the first inning, 4 runs and 6 hits. He regrouped and came back to spread 4 hits and 1 run over the next 4 innings. Not a bad recovery for the young man. CJ and Benoit are back and impressive as ever. Ian and Michael are a great 1-2 punch in the offense. I think I like the idea of them 1 and 2 in the batting order.
Note to others, do not sit in the metal bleacher in Peoria on a afternoon game. Hot, uncomfortable, and squashed in with the strangest people I have sat with in a long time. We should have sat in the grass in the outfield. When you are in Arizona and watching baseball in the afternoon, metal bleachers are a very bad idea. I think I walked out of the game cooked medium well and insane. The Rangers winning made it bearable though.
It was a FULL day at camp today. Wow!! I’ve got a steady diet of baseball and more baseball. 12 full hours of hit, run, field, pitch, spit, scratch, and bunts. Drills early in the AM, two minor league games in the afternoon, and a sold out record game for the night cap. We met Nolan Ryan and got several autographs. Aubrey played all day with Scott Coolbaughs kids. I chatted up baseball with all who would hear me. I even got a couple of Michael Young autographs. I talked with J.D., Jamey Newberg, Nolan, Sunny, and various other Ranger staff. Heck I even had a long conversation with the security gaurd at the front gate.
Talked at length with John Rheinecker about his recovery from injury. We had struck up a friendship with John on the cruise last November and it was good to see him again. I can only give him all my best and hope he recovers soon from surgery and is back on the bump for us soon.
Got to visit briefly with Kameron. I made sure to let him know that Angel is doing in fine. We are pulling for him to make the final roster cut. I know that he will. He is a good pitcher and he should be there opening day.
I got a big hug from C.J. Wilson. I haven’t seen him since February 1st when I took photos for him and Robert at their Guitar Hero Charity Benifit.
We will do it again tomorrow. I really enjoy watching the minor league games. It is great to see the young up and coming players. It is just awesome to have some many games going on around you with so much talent on all sides. It is almost overwhelming at all that is going on.
I have posted a few spring training photos on the site and plan on putting up some more later.
If you ever get a chance to come to spring training, I highly recommend it. There is nothing like it. It is especially great for the kids. They get to watch, talk, and hang out with all the players up close and personal. Great fun!
Well off to bed and back at it tomorrow.
We spent a little time at the practice fields this morning before heading to Tucson for the 1pm game against the Diamondbacks. Millwood had his first start of the Cactus League today and we did not want to miss it. Millwood’s five innings of work was well worth the drive time. We sat right behind the Rangers dugout and enjoyed the whole game. Millwood walked off the mound after a 5 inning, 3 hit, 5 strikeout, 1 walk, and zero run performance. His only shaky inning was the first but he was saved by a wonderful outfield assist by Byrd to cut down the Diamondbacks only threat at home plate. As sweet it was to watch Millwood, Littleton’s one inning was very painful. Poor Wes did not have a good day at all.
At the plate the day belonged to Salty and Hank. Both hit doubles and home-runs. Josh Hamilton even got in on the party with a blistering ground ball double past second. Everything thing Josh hit was hard and solid.
Tomorrow should be even better than today. We will catch all the minor league games in the morning and polish off the day with a night game against the Angels.
Dinner and bed. A lot more baseball tomorrow.
It’s 6:30 AM. Going to get some breakfast and head out to the practice fields. Weather this week for those who care, sunny and 85 as far as the eye can see. I smell the baseball in the air.
Finally we are in Arizona. The Rangers were off today, Wednesday, so we spent our first day hanging out in Tucson. We watched an epic battle of poor pitching in a 12-12 tie between the Rockies and White Sox. Thome hit a lazer beam home run to right that cleared the stadium and into the parking lot. It was a very impressive shot. I had to get that first game of the year out of the way. I had my first hot dog, pepsi, and peanuts of the year. That kicks off six months of ball park food and 15 pounds.
The next three days, Thursday thru Saturday, will be nothing but Rangers, Rangers, Rangers. I have the digital camera and video camera charged up for Josh Hamilton and his legandary batting practice sessions. Three days of back field minor league games. Three days of pitcher bunt and pick off drills. Three days of talking baseball with anyone that I can corner for conversation. I must have had four or five long conversations with Rockies fans today.
We will get to see Milton Bradley’s debut in Cactus League play this weekend. I hope he does well.
It will most certainly be an exciting and exhausting three days. By the time we get home Sunday, we will be pumped for opening day. I will consume all the baseball and Rangers I can during this trip. I cannot wait.