Ten Observations from a Rangers Tailgate

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Mike Mezeul
If you weren't there for Opening Day on Friday, I'm sorry. But there's a lot more to come, including tonight's Opening Yu.

We went Friday, and are here now with 10 tips, reminders and observations.

1. Tailgating at Rangers Ballpark on Friday was everything it was supposed to be. The crowd was bigger and better than ever, and I say that with confidence even after seeing the crowds when both the Cowboys and Rangers played simultaneously (October 2010). In terms of number of grills and tarps, Friday was off the charts.

2. A winning team changes everything.

3. Don't arrive an hour before first pitch (on Opening Day, mind you) and expect to get a good parking spot (that's how baseball go!). Additionally, honking at cops directing traffic will get you nowhere.

4. After a few hours of people watching, there's an obvious new (or maybe old, I just didn't notice) look among young ladies: Snookie Texas. You'll know it when you see it.

5. There should some kind of warning for people outside the ballpark prior to bombers blowing over the stadium during the flyover for the National Anthem. (Are there not FAA restrictions on how low they can fly? Huh? What?) Still, flyovers are badass.

6. Consider approaching the ballpark from Division on the south side. The cash lots with good tailgating spots on the north side (near I-30) go first. Likewise, if you want one of those spots, go early (a minimum of three hours prior to first pitch).

7. The smell of brats grilling outside a ballpark in April might be the best part of being an American. If there's not already a national smell, that should be it.

8. Hydrate. Often. It's a rookie mistake to whimper out before the game even starts.

9. If you don't have tickets to the game, there's always a party in the parking lot. I call it "staygating." And there was plenty of it going on Friday.

10. Bring your A-game in terms of food. Tailgating isn't just hot dogs and chips anymore.

Bonus: Remember, sometimes it rains.


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12 comments
CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

I'm all about #8! How long are baseball games? That's just nap time until the after-game-tailgating. Don't hate me because I LOVE football.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I agree/already knew everything but #4 and #8..#4 because I couldn't care less and #8 cause beera has plenty of water already in it that can. 

#10: Taint nothing wrong with a good ol redhot and some pringles or fritos...I'd sub some jalapeno cheddar sausages for the redhots, Like I did on the porch while watching the game though.

Who knew about those pesky flyover thingies on Opening Day? :)

L double D's, which one of them gals is you? I'm betting the one on the left.

Kergs, methinks the Sawx are gonna go 0 and 162 this year..y'all signed the wrong Adrian last year....POW!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Hopefully, none of this mentioned above is new to Sporto's.  

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I still haven't recovered all my gear from Friday...and it was worth it.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

I'm not in that picture. :) I love flyovers, for the record. But, honestly Joshie, have you ever been surprised by one? I was looking at the Budweiser Clydesdales outfront (amazing) and the bomber was like BOOM DEATH! The horsies even got on all fours and covered their ears wiht their huge hoofs. Poor things. It was shack-and-awe to the eardrums. 

Kergo 1 spaceship
Kergo 1 spaceship

I am always in the seat with my eyes gazed towards the heavens (saluting!) when that sonnofabitch rolls by-my FAVORITE!

primi timpano
primi timpano

 Nice way to gain 30.  I'm a big sox fan but the pitchers seem to have attitude problems and the Rays are too good.  Rangers and Angels will make the wild card a tough reach.  BTW, Cane Rosso has a great leafy salad, big enough for three, and it helps the cheese go down.  Wish the Rangers had Ellsbury.

Kergo 1 spaceship
Kergo 1 spaceship

I really drank and ate too much this weekend.........I still have a headache (and a stomach ache).  I really wanted to see Yu pitch tonight, but, I'm pooped!  Deep Ellum Arts Festy, and Easter really wore me out. Besides, the Red Sox getting freakin' hammered really bums the Kerg's out.  Good day, the LDD.

Out.

ps-Grimaldi's.  Uncle Ubers.  I'll Cane Rosso.  Ribs. Shiner.  Budlight. Sam Adams. Tequila. Burgers.  I think I gained 30 lbs over the weekend.

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