Hamilton Homecoming: A Time to Cheer

Hamilton stayed over an hour to sign autographs after a game

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, well these speak volumes of a changed man. I am a very loyal fan of the Texas Rangers and I admit I had my doubts but Josh has surprised me.  I am a firm believer in actions speak louder than words. In the first two photos Josh is signing autographs but when I saw that he stayed for an hour to sign more autographs that showed me he does care about the fans.

The video: well I think if there is any doubt that he is not all here it has been put to rest by a Rusty Greer like grab.

Tonight Josh comes home and I will be cheering and I hope you will be too. Go Rangers!

Fun Fact Friday: Miss Baseball’s All Star Ballot

Well, Its time to Vote for the All Star Game, I am very happy its all online now. This site: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/ballot.jsp

is very user friendly and easy. Here are my choices what are yours?

YOUR AMERICAN LEAGUE SELECTIONS

  • Hosmer, E
  • Pedroia, D
  • Andrus, E
  • Donaldson, J
  • Perez, S
  • Ortiz, D
  • Bautista, J
  • Cain, L
  • Jones, A

YOUR NATIONAL LEAGUE SELECTIONS

  • Gonzalez, A
  • Panik, J
  • Tulowitzki, T
  • Bryant, K
  • Posey, B
  • Aoki, N
  • Crawford, C
  • Cuddyer, M

 

MLB Autism Awareness Game Guide

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Each year MLB teams have one day for Autism Awareness, When is your favorite team having their Autism Awareness Day? Well, I asked that question and went to the web. Only to find out some of the teams had the information on the web.I then hit the phones and called the teams.Bookmark this post as I will update it when I have more information.

Well home is where the heart is. I will start off with my town San Antonio, Home of the Double A San Diego Padres affiliate The San Antonio Missions. Go Missions! (who said that?,Oh yeah! Its me, Big fan!)

Their Autism Awareness night is April 18, and it benefits The Autism Community Network. During the game player will wear puzzle piece jerseys and after the game will autograph and auction them.

Now for the MLB Autism Awareness Night Guide

April

11 Baltimore Orioles

12 Arizona Diamondbacks:

Support Autism Awareness and come out on April 12 for the D-backs Autism Awareness Day! MLB is partnering with Autism Speaks to recognize April as National Awareness Month. A portion from every ticket sold will be donated to Autism Speaks.

For the first half hour when gates open (11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), the D-backs are reserving Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot play area for children with Autism. If you would like to be part of the pre-game Autism Awareness parade meet outside through Gate J/Section 110 no later than 11:55 a.m.

Should a quiet area be needed, please go to our suite level concourse, there are couches by sections 202-203. Enjoy Gluten-Free ballpark items from the stand by Section 107.

For more information on Autism programs in Arizona, stop by the Autism Resource Area in centerfield behind the scoreboard until the 7th inning.

You don’t want to miss any of the action! Get your tickets and grab your glove now! We will see you at the ballpark!

For groups of 12 or larger or for accessible seating, please contact Johanna Imperial at 602-462-4113 orjimperial@dbacks.com.

For more information go to: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/ticket_dugout.jsp?loc=autismaware

14 Texas Rangers

Autism Speaks Night is Tuesday April 14 vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Members, colleagues, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets in Lower reserved or All You Can Eat seating areas. $3 from every ticket you purchase will be donated to Autism research and awareness. Come join your Texas Rangers for a night of great baseball

For additional questions about any of the above information please call Stephan Morales at (817) 273-5250 or email smorales@texasrangers.com

For more information go to: http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/ticketing/community_business_discounts.jsp

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19 Washington Nationals

25 Philadelphia Phillies:

Autism Awareness Night

The Phillies are once again teaming up with Autism Speaks to host Autism Awareness Night at Citizens Bank Park. Please join us on Saturday, April 25 at 7:05 p.m. when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves.

Tickets (subject to availability) are available in locations regularly priced $47 and under. In addition, $8 from each ticket purchased through this event will benefit Autism Speaks.

For more info go to:http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/theme/autism_awareness.jsp

25 Milwaukee Brewers

25 Colorado Rockies:

The Colorado Rockies and Autism Speaks would like to invite all individuals, family members, employees and volunteers to come and enjoy an exciting game at Coors Field. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Autism Speaks’ work in the Colorado Community. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a game at Coors Field while supporting the leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Please come help increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families!

Outfield Box $30 – Lower Level Seating ($35 Face Value)
Pavilion $21 – Lower Level Seating ($27 Face Value)
Lower Reserved Outfield $16 – Third Level Seating ($19 Face Value)

For more information go to http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?offer=autismspeaks

26 Miami Marlins:

Autism Awareness Day

Sunday, April 26th vs. WAS – 1:10 PM

Lexus Legends Level: $25

Join the Marlins as we partner with local organizations in an effort to raise awareness about this developmental disorder. VIP Special Event Package includes:

  • Legends Level game ticket
  • First 12,000 fans will receive a Christian Yelich Gold Glove replica trophy sponsored by Pepsi
  • Exclusive Marlins Autism Awareness puzzle
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to local autism groups
  • Seating will be located in the Lexus Legends Level, which will provide your family a comfortable setting to enjoy the game
  • A quiet room will be available if needed

Gift item redemption is located on the Lexus Legends Level and must have a valid Special Event ticket. Please email groups@marlins.com for more information

For more info go to:http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/special_events.jsp#aad

May

2 LA Dodgers

Join us as we team up with Autism Speaks to bring you Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to concerns and take action against this urgent global health crisis.

For more information go to: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ticketing/theme_games.jsp#autism

3 New York Mets:

Join us in raising awareness for autism, a disorder that affects 1 in 68 American children.

    • Help Autism Speaks fundraise! With each ticket sold through this advanced offer, they will receive a rebate from the New York Mets.
    • Early gate entry for participating families through the Bullpen Gate beginning at 11:10 a.m.
    • Pre-game party in the Bullpen Plaza including art therapy projects by the Queens Museum of Art, karate drills by Kicking the Spectrum and much more!
    • The Cozy Corner will be open all game long for children in need of a quiet reprieve from the game.
    • The first 15,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a Mets Tote Bag.
    • Left Field Landing seats will be an area exclusively for guests with autistic family members. We will lower the volume in this section and make other fan-friendly adjustments on this game.
  • New in 2015: Promenade Outfield seats will also be an area where we will lower the volume in this section and have seats reserved exclusively for guests with autistic family members.

For more information go to :http://mlb.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?group=autism_awareness&partnerId=Z114411FB-15J

17 Minnesota Twins:

This is a fundraiser for local autism groups with a pregame parade

24 Boston Red Sox

29 St. Louis Cardinals:

The St. Louis Cardinals and Autism Awareness have teamed up for Autism Awareness Night at Busch Stadium when the Cardinals face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, May 29th at 7:15pm. Loge level tickets are just $17 and $5 of each ticket purchased will benefit Autism Awareness. Tickets are limited so come and support a great cause at the ballpark on May 29th.

For more information go to: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/group_theme.jsp?loc=autism&partnerId=ZB11W6G251-80

June

2 San Francisco Giants:

Autism Awareness Night

Tuesday, 6/2 vs. PIT 7:15 p.m

In Community Partnership with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova
Join the Giants as we partner with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova, among other organizations in the community, in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. With the help of Giants legend Will Clark, who is a great supporter of the cause, the Giants hope to raise awareness about this developmental disorder that affects more children than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Your special event ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the Pirates, as well as a limited-edition Will Clark-themed Giants hat! Proceeds from every Autism Awareness Night Special Event ticket will be donated directly to non-profits in the Autism community to aid in their ongoing mission.

Now the Giants also have a special VIP package for this event, Details are here:n Community Partnership with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova
The Giants invite you and your family and friends to a special Autism Awareness Night VIP experience, where you can join them in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, through both the raising of awareness and proceeds. Each VIP-ticket holder will receive admission to the Triples Alley Premium Location from 4:45-6:45 p.m., complimentary food and beverage (including beer and wine), as well as a Will Clark-themed hat, and a Will Clark mini helmet, each individually autographed and only available to ticketholders of this VIP offer! Proceeds from every Autism Awareness Night VIP Special Event ticket will be donated directly to non-profits in the Autism community to aid in their ongoing mission. Unlike any other ballpark setting, this on-field space is the perfect place to enjoy all of the pre-game excitement at the ballpark. Triples Alley, the Giants newest Premium Location has it all, including on-field access from which to watch batting practice, early access to the ballpark, and at the conclusion of the pre-game event, a walk along the warning track on the field to get to your seats for the game.

For more information go to:  http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/group_special_events.jsp#autism

7 Atlanta Braves

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 AT 1:30 PM

Join the Atlanta Braves and help raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Children and adults with autism may receive a $1 ticket with the purchase of a regularly priced Outfield Pavilion ticket. A portion of every ticket will go to support Autism Speaks.

TICKET DETAILS
  • All tickets will be in a covered area together in the 234 – 242 aisles in left field.
  • All purchasers of this offer are invited to join a pre-game parade around the field. To participate, line up on the Hank Aaron Ramp across from aisle 129 by 12:00 PM.
  • If needed, there will be a quiet room with activities set up in the Hank Aaron Room, near your seats across from aisle 128.
  • By purchasing this offer, you will be entered into a raffle to win an opportunity to be the Honorary Team Captain!

For more information go to: http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/ticket_specials.jsp?loc=autism

7 Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox, in partnership with Autism Speaks, are offering specially priced tickets for the White Sox game against the Detroit Tigers in support of MLB’s Autism Awareness Initiative.

$10 from every ticket sold in Lower Box and $5 from every Outfield field reserved will support the funding of research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism.

For information on Sensory Friendly club level seats, please email grandslamgroups@chisox.com.

Quiet Areas have been designated for those who need it on the 100 level concourse by section 155, and by section 354 in the sensory friendly club level concourse.

Please note that orders will NOT be redeemed at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows or the White Sox administrative offices

I spoke with Scott Gbur of the White Sox and he was very kind and understanding of the issues with Autism. If you have any questions you can contact him at SGBUR@CHISOX.COM or 312-674-1000

13 Tampa Bay Rays

23 Cleveland Indians

There will be a future update on what will be offered during this event. including pregame activities. so stay tuned to this channel for further updates.

September

25 Kansas City Royals

This is not a complete list. I will be calling and checking website for further updates.

Fun Fact Friday: New ballpark food

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So yesterday, I see this sweet face over his namesake food at Globe Life. The Texas Rangers are one of many clubs rolling out a new menu for the season. If you got $17.50, then this meaty potatoy goodness can be yours.
Read about it here:

Here is the menu, try NOT to lick the screen.

All the new items will be available on Opening Day, April 10.

See the full list of new menu items below:

Fried Twinkies, $7
Twinkies, Sweet Butter, Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar

Fried S’more, $8
Marshmallow, Graham Cracker, Crème Filled Cookie, Chocolate Sauce, and Whipped Cream

Chicken-Fried Bacon on a Stick, $8
Thick Cut Bacon, Maple Glaze, Old Bay, and House-made Butter

Fried Chicken Breast on a Stick, $7
Chicken Breast, Breading, and House-Made Butter

Chicken-Fried Corn on the Cob, $5
Corn on the Cob, Buttermilk Batter, and Lime

Fried Pickle Chips, $7
Pickle Chips and Ranch

Funnel Cake Fries, $6
Funnel Cake Batter and Powdered Sugar

Brisket Mac & Cheese Balls, $10
Smoked Brisket, Mac & Cheese, and House-made Butter

BLT on a Bun, $10
Thick Cut Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, and a Hot Dog Bun

Bacon Quesadilla, $8
Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Mixed Peppers, Flour Tortilla, and Home-Made Salsa

Bacon & Corn Saute, $8
Bacon, Red Onions, Sweet Corn, Cilantro, and a Lime Wedge

Bacon Lollipop, $8.50
Swirly, Sweet and tastes like cured meat

Bacon Mac & Cheese, $8.50
Mac & Cheese topped with Danish Bacon

Bacon Beer, $12
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Candied Bacon, $8.25
Danish Bacon, Cinnamon, and Chili Powder

Nacho Dog, $10
All beef hot dog topped with queso blanco, tortilla strips, fresh pico, and sour cream

Texas Philly Cheese steak, $11
Smoked Brisket, Queso Blanco, Pico De Gallo, and Grilled Peppers

Holland Hot Tot’chos, $17.50
Tater tots with your choice of chicken or steak, sautéed red and green bell peppers, pickled jalapenos, buffalo sauce, and a spicy queso hollandaise served in a mini Dutch oven

The TANACO, $26
24 inch taco shell filled with ground beef and seasoned chicken, shredded lettuce, nacho cheese, pico, jalapenos, and sour cream

Captain Morgan Club

The C3 Sandwich
Boneless chicken breast breaded and fried, fried mozzarella cheese, topped with queso

Grilled Cheeseburger
Classic Cheeseburger served in between two grilled cheese sandwiches

Philly Cheese steak Burger
Beef patties sliced tender, Philly meat, peppers, onions, and queso

Nacho Burger
White queso, salsa roja, tortilla strips, guacamole, jalapenos

Fish N’ Chips
Fresh cod fish fillets, fries, tartar sauce

Ticket to Saturday’s game

I just can’t wait to see the Rangers and Dodgers split squad. I can’t wait to get Ruben Sierra’s autograph. I’m going to boo the bench coach. Don’t worry it’s Steve Buechele, he likes boos. Plus I can’t wait to sit in my seat. I saved and I bought a first row ticket. I got my glove. I don’t know how I’m going to sleep tonight. I can’t wait.

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Fun Fact Friday: Big League Weekend

Major League Baseball is coming to San Antonio. The Texas Rangers Vs. The Los Angeles Dodgers. Two days of exhibition games.  And guess who is going to Saturday’s game. ( hint you are reading her blog) That’s right!  ME! 

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So for Fun Fact Friday some facts on this year’s Big League Weekend:
When March 20 @7 PM and March 21 @1 PM which is when I’m going.
Where: The Alamodome
What else is going to be there?: On Friday Jeff Kent will sign autographs and on Saturday Ranger Great: Ruben Sierra will be signing as well.
I don’t know how I am supposed to wait. I just can’t. I got my tickets!  There are still tickets available check out:
http://www.bigleagueweekend.com/san-antonio-big-league-weekend.html#about

What’s in a number

What is the importance of a jersey number? Well this winter break Nelson Cruz and BIlly Butler did a lot of work to get the numbers that they wanted. As a fan, I have a combo of numbers that are important to me. 29(Rusty Greer) 2(month of my birthday and when I played my number) 11(the day I was born) and of course 16 Dean Palmer.

16 has been around the Ranger block. Scott Sheldon had it and I approved. He was a good utility player and did the number justice. It has been worn by coaches the last few years so it’s been a while since I’ve seen 16 at play on a Ranger uniform.

I love the MLB.tv app, I got to see my Rangers playing during Spring Training. I then saw 16 come up to bat and I felt a little jealous part come out. Ok there was a big giant monster. Who exclaimed
WHO DARE WEAR THE NUMBER OF DEAN PALMER!!!
Ok pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain.

In all seriousness, the number is now in the possession of Ryan Rua. Who played 28 games last year.
You can read more about him here: http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=607387#gameType=’R’&sectionType=career&statType=1&season=2015&level=’MLB’

Dear Ryan,
To this Ranger fan you have some big shoes to fill. I have faith in your abilities. Make me proud and do justice for 16.
Sincerely,
Miss Baseball

Injuries are a part of Baseball

A huge sound of anguish came out of my mouth when Yu Darvish MRI results came back. Then there is the defeated feeling. We just got him back. Now he’s gone again. Oh it’s so sad.

I being on Twitter seeing Ranger fans cry foul( I paraphrase):
How could Darvish have a clean MRI and now be injured? Did trainers miss something?
The Rangers hid something from us!
There were so many I felt sorry for Evan Grant who all of this was on his Twitter feed.

As I’m recovering from knee surgery, I have first hand knowledge of how recovering is a long road, it’s even worse for a professional baseball player. I personally finished my physical therapy, so now I’m at 0. Before my injury I was doing yoga and walking and I was about to start a huge fitness regimen. Now I have to start slow so I don’t hurt myself again. I have time to build myself up.

A professional baseball player doesn’t have that luxury. When they get back to zero they have to work on getting back to a professional level. All while trying to juggle not hurting the injured part or hurting another part of their body. It’s a dicey game of chance. Yu Darvish  worked very hard to come back. Sometimes you can do everything right and you can get hurt. There is no conspiracy it’s life, injures happen.

TBT: Michael Young

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This photo tweeted from the Rangers with the caption ” Mr. Ranger is back. There are certain players they just belong in a Ranger uniform and Michael Young is the definition of Ranger baseball. I thought I would tell the story of how Michael Young tried to kill me.  Ok not really but it’s a fun story.

First it must be explained the difference between a normal person playing catch and ballplayers playing catch before a game.
When let’s say me for instance I’m playing catch. I’m just trying to get the ball in my glove and throw it back without making a fool of myself. When a ballplayer is playing catch he is trying to warm up his muscles for a baseball game.
Why is this important well you’ll see.

It’s 2001 and there is this rookie. Michael Young. He is playing catch to Alex (yes that Alex) I’m just entered the ballpark and I’m making a bee line for the first rows so when the guys are done maybe I might get an autograph. I’m hearing the sound of balls being thrown into gloves.  Then I hear
“LOOK OUT!”

There is a bullet from Michael Young headed straight for my face, my glove is in my hands but not on my hand there is no way I can catch it bare handed in my split second decision I hit the dirt as do most of the fans. The sound of the ball hitting the back of the seats sounded like the crack of the bat. I’m young so I jump right back up. Alex comes over and asks if everyone is ok. We are all so stunned no one realizes who is asking if we are ok. We were fine. I see a very concerned Michael and Alex reassured him that we were fine. I then call out Alex
” Hey let me get my glove on!”
He smiles and say ” You should have already had it on.”
” Well, I thought you were going to catch the ball.”
“I wouldn’t always bet on that!”
I wave at Michael who waves backs and smiles, I think we were all glad that ball didn’t hit me or anyone that day.
Moral of the story always wear your glove or Mr. Ranger might get you.

Miss Baseball Predictions Part 1 AL

                           American League
East.                          Central.                   West
Orioles.                      Royals.                   Angels
Red Sox.                    Tigers.                    Rangers
Blue Jays.                  Indians.                  Mariners
Yankees.                    White Sox.              Astros
Rays.                          Twins.                     A’s
Wild card: Rangers
ALDS: Royals
                            National League
East.                          Central.                    West
Nationals.                 Cubs.                       Dodgers
Marlins.                    Cardinals.                 Padres
Braves.                      Reds.                        Giants
Phillies.                      Brewers.                   D-Backs
Mets.                          Pirates.                     Rockies
Wild Card: Padres
NLDS: Cubs

Well baseball has started, for the first time, I’m going to make predictions. I researched, and studied. The last time I did this much work I was in college. Today I’m going to discuss my reason for the top leaders and wild card for the American League. Part 2 will be the National League and part 3 and 4  Will be what each team needs to improve upon to make it higher in the standings.

Part 1: American League
Royals:
The team did lose Butler and Aoki, but the rest of the team is there. The Royals are the definition of pitching with the three-headed monster still intact. I see a repeat of last year and they go back to the World Series.

Rangers:
Please excuse me while I tuck my fandom along with my hair under my cap. We have new and uplifting manger, Banister #nevereverquit A fully healed up team. It’s time to show the world what these Rangers are made of. I see a huge battle against the Angels for first place.

Angels:
Angels had problems last year with Richards being injured, and Hamilton bat going to sleepy town. Hamilton’s bat is being replaced while he recovers from surgery and Richards is set for a comeback. I hate to admit but Trout is one of the best players in the game. In the end the Angels will just barely edge out the Rangers.

Orioles: Buck Showalter is one of the best managers in baseball. Whatever the O’s need Showalter is going to find a way. Look for more surprising moves that seem to only work for the O’s.