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Time to heal February 28, 2012

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Spring Training is here.  This is cause for great rejoicing.  However, there is still a shroud that hangs over me.

Pain lingers when I think about last October, which is sad because it was an amazing ride right up until the 9th inning of Game 6.

Hopefully time and a new season of baseball will heal those wounds.

It’s probably a tall order for my boys to get back to the World Series for a 3rd year in a row, but I’m looking forward to the ride.

Also looking forward to watching Yu-know-who

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You missed it!! October 11, 2011

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You should have been at the Carter house last night.  We were watching the Ranger’s in the ALCS against the Tigers.

It was the 11th inning when Nelson “Boomstick” Cruz hit a walk-off grand slam for the win.  First walk-off grand slam in the history of MLB playoffs.

All 6 Carters jumped off the couch, started yelling, jumping up and down and chest bumping.  Madi and Emma ran into the other room and started playing “We Are the Champions”.  It was a pretty exciting moment to be a Carter and a Ranger’s fan.

And just in case you’ve forgotten what Nellie does – you need to watch this.

Persuasive Essay? September 20, 2011

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I recently got a new computer for work.  3 days ago I received this letter from Madi:

“To: Dad and Mom

I would like to have dad’s old laptop and I have some reasons thats why I wrote this.  I hope by the end you understand how much I want it.  I think you might think that my reasons are reasonable.  My first reason would be well I like to sit on my bed and work.  I usually generally have homework on the computer.  So I could bring it over to my bed and work their and then I would be more comfortable.  It would be easyer to work if I was comfortable. 🙂

My second reason is Emma has been begging me to have the computer (desktop) for a really long time.  Really since we moved into this house.  If I got the laptop she could have my other computer in her room.  I bet she would be very happy about that.

My final reason is it would help teach me responcibility.  Well because I would have to take care of it.  I would also have to make sure I don’t loose it.  Lots of responcibility there.

I hope that you strongly consider giving me the laptop.  #1 because I really want it and #2 I was waisting my time by writing this if you say no.  Whatever you say I will say yes sir (or mam) and that will be the end.  If you say yes I will be thanking you for weeks at a time.  Also thank you for taking the time to read this!!! 🙂  I love u.

Madison Carter”

Rainy Days April 11, 2011

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I’m loving the start of the 2011 baseball season!  My Rangers have the best record in baseball at 9-1.  Our pitching has been solid and our hitting has been timely.  Today’s match-up between Alexi Ogando and Tiger’s ace Justin Verlander was a great game.

Even when the Rangers aren’t playing baseball, they are still having a good time together.  Check out this video from a rain delay earlier this week.

The Most Wonderful Day February 14, 2011

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Sorry all of you lovebirds, but I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day.  Pitchers and Catchers report for Spring Training this week.

My American League Champion Texas Rangers being their quest to repeat last year’s success.  This off-season has flown by – probably because it didn’t start til the first week of November for the first time in Ranger’s history. 🙂

We’re still 6 weeks away from Opening Day, but this is the day that officially signals the end of winter.  Spring is on its way and bringing baseball with it.  Let the rejoicing begin!

The New World October 15, 2010

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I don’t know what to expect this week.  The Rangers kick-off the American League Championship Series tonight against the Yankees (whom I despise).  This is a new world for me and my team.  These are uncharted waters.  I don’t know whether to be excited or apprehensive.

Looking forward to the first pitch.  Oh, and did I mention that I hate the Yankees.  My two favorite baseball teams have always been the Rangers and whoever is playing the Yankees.  Tonight, those worlds collide.

So as I’m watching the game with friends – I hate the Yankees – this evening, who knows what will come.  I hope CJ brings his A game and CC doesn’t.  As my beloved team faces off against the Evil Empire it seems like a David and Goliath scenario.  Rangers payroll $55 million – Yankees payroll $205 million.  Rangers World Series Rings – 0; Yankees World Series Rings – 27.  But we all know how David and Goliath went down – hopefully that history will repeat itself this week.

Here’s what I’m hoping for:

One final thought – I hate the Yankees.

Nellie’s Boomstick October 5, 2010

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The MLB playoffs start tomorrow, and for the first time in 11 years my Texas Rangers will be apart of them.  This series could go either way, Tampa Bay has a great team.  However, our starting pitching can go up against anybody (I don’t think a Ranger fan has ever been able to say that) and then we have Nellie’s Boomstick.  Cruz has hit 3 walk off home runs this year.  Rather than me tell you about them, I’ll let Nelson do it himself.

First place AND Cliff Lee July 9, 2010

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As a Ranger fan, I’ve gotten used to disappointment.  However, this was not one of those days.

We are currently 5 games ahead of the second place Angels AND just traded for a true ace.  Cliff Lee is a former Cy Young winner who has been “lights out” the last couple of months.

I’m not too distraught over losing Justin Smoak.  I’m sure he has a bright future, but I’m comfortable having Chris Davis covering first base for us.  I’m a little disappointed that I won’t get to see Blake Beavan pitch for the Redhawks – I’ve been looking forward to his call to the AAA club.

My hat’s off to you JD.  We’re filing for bankruptcy and yet you still figure out a way to land us an ace without losing our top pitching prospects.  It’s a good day in Ranger-land!

Rojo Johnson aka Will Ferrell May 7, 2010

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This is minor league baseball at its best.  Will Ferrell pitched for a minor league team last week under a pseudonym.  Great idea – the guys in marketing need a raise.

You can read the article and see more video here.

A tale of two tickets September 30, 2009

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2 ticketsThis picture makes me sad.  These are my playoff tickets for the Texas Rangers.  I purchased them back at the beginning of September when we were in the middle of the playoff hunt.  But after a lackluster month we were officially eliminated from contention last night.

The biggest hurt in September was that our top two hitters, Michael Young and Josh Hamilton, went on the DL for 3 weeks.  It’s hard to win games consistently without those guys in the lineup.

Still there was much to be excited about this year and even more to be excited about next year.  Can’t wait to see Feldman, Hunter, Andrus, Holland, Bourbon, and Feliz in action next year.

Here’s hoping that I get to use the playoff tickets I purchase next year 🙂