Tonight, I was looking around my own site, and saw a few pages that needed updating now that the 2012 season has been completed. They are the “Broadcaster History” page, as well as the “Attendance History” page. Given the Rangers announced late last week what the broadcast teams will be for 2013, I figured this would be a good time to update these pages, as they’re pretty static. The attendance one gets updated just once a year, and the broadcaster one as well, unless there’s a midseason change (which has happened a few times recently). After updating the pages, I have a few notes and observations. [Read more…]
As I posted a little bit ago, I had doubts that I wanted to continue on into the new season in the format this site has had for awhile. I found it hard to stay focused when I have no TV to watch, and I couldn’t timeshift the radio broadcasts. Fortunately, a friend of mine decided to step in and offer to write about some of the games on this site, too. He’s a good friend of mine, the two of us attend church together, and he’s been a long time Ranger fan. He lives in the Arlington area, and his name is Jeff. We attended the one game together in the 2010 World Series that the Rangers won, so that was cool. Here’s a picture of us from the MLB Gigapan photo. I think Jeff knew when it was being taken, as he covered my face with his camcorder. :)
I’m appreciative to Jeff for helping out going forward. In fact, he wrote two commentaries already towards the end of the 2012 season. The ones for Games 160 & 161, so you can check them out. That will probably lighten the load on me going forward. Plus, this site is called “Rangerfans” – as in plural, so it probably will be cool to get a second voice on here. I also restored the byline credit on the site. Because I was the only one writing, it seemed kind of silly to have “by Joe” under the title of each article. But with two of us, I felt it was time to put that back.
Jeff posts in the Texas Rangers fan group on Facebook as well as me, so you might recognize him from there. Not sure what the plans for off season writing is, probably a remark here and there when the mood strikes. But I’m grateful to a friend for stepping up and helping out. Back in the earliest days of this site I had a second author for part of the start of the 1999 season, but that guy didn’t last long – and disappeared off the face of the Earth too. I would think Jeff wouldn’t.
UPDATE: The contest is over now, I’ve gotten enough people now for the giveaway thanks to the addtl submissions sent in.
If you’ve been a fan of the Texas Rangers, you’ve watched a lot of games on TV, and while the Rangers don’t have a pedigree like say the Yankees in the post season, there are quite a few notable games in the back catalogue. That’s what I’m writing about today. This coming Tuesday, there’s a DVD set due out which contains four of these “Essential Games” from the Rangers history. I’m going to write about the set, and due to the folks from A&E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions, I’m going to have five copies to give away to my site visitors. That will take the form of a trivia contest, more on that below. First off, a review..
In the last two weeks I’ve come down with a pulled muscle in my neck that is made more painful if I do things that involve my hands. Such as typing for any length of time, and playing videogames. That’s why I’ve disappeared. When this clears up, I’ll play catch up, but I didn’t want people to think I’ve abandoned ship.
I’ll be giving away copies of Josh Lewin’s Book, once I receive them from the publisher. I want to have them in hand before I run the giveaway. Look for it soon, they’re inbound.
I’ve been running this site since December 1998, and in that time there’s been two things on my site that no other Texas Rangers fan site has done that I’m aware of.
One is a history of the uniform numbers for the entire franchise history. That one got me some notice. Victor Rojas name checked me a few times with Eric Nadel on radio broadcasts regarding this when he was still with Texas. You can view that here if you’d like.
The other is a feature that I call my “Seat Selector”. It’s a feature that’s on many a website. In fact, there’s an entire site dedicated to the concept (that you should check out if you haven’t). Many a moon ago (back during the first season this site was active, which was 1999), I went around the park, took a picture of every section, and put it on the website. But there’s more to the story than just that. Check it out..