Monthly Archives: December 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

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Go Rangers! Sorry I let my fandom slip out, I will tuck that back in. I’m excited for the New Year, I’m going to go to some college games, and some minor league games, (thanks to all the Padres’ trades the Missions are going to be interesting.) and thanks to the Rangers and Dodgers, I get to see some pro ball without leaving my city. I’m excited to share my adventures with you.

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On the DL

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Well I’m about to go in to fix my torn meniscus. The doctor won’t know how bad the tear is until they get in the scope in to see. My appreciation grows for Garrett Richards and everything he went through and continues to fight his way back. You see the injury, read or hear the injury update  “MRI confirms tear then surgery is set and recovery will be 4-6 weeks.”  But what does those words mean.

Reality is they take x-rays, the doctors then schedule an MRI (a giant tube that your trapped in and have to be perfectly still. )I had to wait 10 days for the result ( if I had won 20 games then they would have been faster)  then the news I was not surprised to hear, there’s a tear and surgery is set and 4-6 weeks recovery with physical therapy. I am nervous, don’t comfort me with the “there theres,” the” it’s all going to be ok”. You don’t know how it’s going to be. I look to Garrett, if he can make it so can I. No giving up. Faith is stronger than fear. Well here I go.

Twas the Night before Christmas MLB style

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For fun fact Friday I thought I would repost the MLB Twitter version twas the night before Christmas. Enjoy

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Were you on Twitter? , If you were, you would have seen the MLB teams had some fun and the fans had some more fun reciting the famous Christmas poem by, Major Henry Livington Jr,  which also called Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas. The offical accounts of  Phillies, Red, Astros, Rockies, Cubs, Mariners, MLB and more got into the mix. So my gift to you on this the merriest of nights.

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Twas the Night before Christmas MLB style

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Were you on Twitter? , If you were, you would have seen the MLB teams had some fun and the fans had some more fun reciting the famous Christmas poem by, Major Henry Livington Jr,  which also called Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas. The offical accounts of  Phillies, Red, Astros, Rockies, Cubs, Mariners, MLB and more got into the mix. So my gift to you on this the merriest of nights.

My favorite things baseball

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No! I will not be singing or rhyming. My favorite things comes on my playlist and it makes me think of my favorite things with baseball so here are a few of my favorite things:
My favorite player: Jayson Nix

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Jayson Nix

My favorite baseball card: Autographed Gabe Kapler

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My favorite team: Texas Rangers

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My favorite Ranger (past): Rusty Greer

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My favorite Ranger (current): Shin-Soo Choo

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Moneyball

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Ok, I know I’m late to the metrics game. Today’s post is going to be short, my head is fuzzy from my new pain meds, knee surgery is on the 29. Back to metrics, I didn’t understand it, so I stayed away from it. This World Series, I saw Gabe Kapler really show how to use the data.  It showed how one player was the same as another player. I could finally understand why metrics are such a big deal.

The other day I was talking with a friend about all the recent A’s trades.
“Its Moneyball” he tells me
“I haven’t seen it” I tell him
My friend fussed at me for not seeing Moneyball.
“I hated metrics then so I avoided the movie. ” I told him.
” well to understand the trades you have to at least watch the movie, then you will understand where Billy’s head is at.” My friend informs me.
“What formula is Billy using to make the trades?” I ask my friend
“Well no one knows for sure, it’s calculated formulas”
“You mean like the stock market.” I exclaim
“Yes, you could make that comparison.”
” Yes, oh ok, I understand now what’s happening with the A’s”
In short let’s give a very brief explanation of Moneyball: players are stocks, teams are portfolios and the MLB is the New York Stock Exchange. Now I’m going to watch Moneyball.

Baseball cards

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Gabe Kapler autographed card

I recently got this card, and thanks to a mail snafu, I got three more cards from when Kap was a Ranger. So the other day, I was at the store and I saw the baseball card display. Long story short I bought a bunch of cards and I feel like a little kid again. Some players I knew,  like Jose Bautista. Others not so much, Jordan Pacheco. Sorry don’t follow the National League as much as I should. I now want more. I know it’s silly but I now want a Jayson Nix card. I guess it’s time to buy more packs.

Fun Fact Friday: Sing along edition

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We are going to sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame. Alright everyone ready? Great I will conduct. And a one and a two and….
“Take me out to the ballgame”
STOP!  That is not the first line. Does everyone have their sheet music? It should look like this.

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What do you mean you don’t know this song?!  I guess I’ll tell you the story.  So it goes, Jack Norworth, wrote the song on a train to New York in about fifteen minutes. Now as Miss Baseball, I love what the song is about: Its a story about a guy who wants to ask a girl out and her response, ” Take me out to the ballgame.”  Those words are still true for me. Practice is cancelled.
Here are the lyrics:
Take Me Out To The Ballgame.
Katie Casey was base ball mad.
Had the fever and had it bad;
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev’ry sou Katie blew.
On a Saturday, her young beau
Called to see if she’d like to go,
To see a show but Miss Kate said,
“No, I’ll tell you what you can do.”

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names;
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song:

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”
Miss Baseball got this from:
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_stmo.shtml
Check out the website and you can hear eight different versions of the song.