It's Never Too Early For Playoff Baseball

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Josh Hamilton just before he drove in Ian Kinsler to win last night's ballgame
Took the boy to the ballpark last night, where, Chuck Morgan told us, we were joined by a little more than 25,000 others -- not bad for a 193-degree start-timer against the lowly Mariners, but not great either. Not now, not this late in a season more thrilling than last. And, for a while, the Rangers played down to the level of competition: Alexi Ogando gave up two earned runs in the first inning, another one in the second, then three in the third. The Rangers kept pace, for a bit: two in the first, one in the second. Then, for the longest time, it appeared as though the team had wilted -- everyone looked a step behind, a second too late. And: Those bad cuts at first pitches. Ready to go home, looked like.

And so we sat high up in Section 325 keeping watch over the out-of-town scoreboard: The Yanks were up early on the Angels, 1-0. Then, 4-4. Then, 6-4 Angels all thanks to Bobby Abreu, a former Yankee keeping the Angels inches away from the Rangers' tenuous first-place perch in the AL West. Meanwhile, below, the Rangers could do nothing at the plate. The bullpen to the rescue.

Yoshinori Tateyama, Mark Lowe, Darren Oliver, Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz all paraded to the mound, scattering a few hits here and there but surrendering no runs. Newcomer Adams in particular was extraordinary: one hit, followed by three strikeouts. At this point, Jamey Newberg tweeted: "Potential sacrilege: That feeling I had every time I thought about the fact that Cliff Lee was on my team? Mike Adams = same exact feeling."

My 8-year-old's inexplicable hero, Ian Kinsler, came out of his 4-for-his-last-way-too-many-AB's to bring the Rangers close to back in the seventh with a two-run homer; said the boy, relieved he didn't need to pick a new champion, "It's finally sounds like a ballpark in here." Another run in the eighth, another in the ninth -- Josh Hamilton bringing Kinsler home, ball game. By that point we'd moved down to Section 120, in the thick of it. The crowd went wild -- high-fives and hugs passed amongst strangers on a Tuesday night in early August. When I got home, Jamey had sent out Eric Nadel's game-winning call.

Eric Nadel's Call of Josh Hamilton's Game-Winning Hit Last Night

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earache8
earache8

If they could only win on the road we might have a chance.

oldberg
oldberg

Some of us facepalm when you get sportsy, RW.  Sports in general = great.  Professional sports = embarrassing, wasteful, and detrimental to our culture in so many huge ways.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

nice post big bob, are you following this brett shipp twitter story, is it real?  Merten is re-tweeting it (yes I know he doesnt work there anymore) the gist is JWP assaulted Brett Shipp, threatened to "split his throat"

edit: never mind, wfaa confirms it on its website

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Indeed -- I was trying to write an item, call Brett and do other things, then saw it on the 'FAA site. Posted separately.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

thats why we love you sir!  Keep up the good fight

Klaas238
Klaas238

I was there last night as well and I also felt the comradery amongst the fans.  I haven't felt that at a sporting event in a really long time.  Also, a buddy of mine saw Vinnie Paul walking around the concourse.  Wish I could have gotten a photo with him :)

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

" .. finally sounds like a ballpark in here."    nice turn of a phrase by the young one!

cheap seat
cheap seat

It should be a 193-degree start-timer again tonight.Rivera is having a little trouble against left handers (Abreu) this year.Ixnay on the ovingmay ownday.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Heh. Though, to be fair, we only moved down before the Rangers' half of the ninth. My ride's young son was getting sleepy, and he wanted to be closer to the exit at game's end. And: It was empty.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Love when you get sportsy, Robert, twas a good read.

Too bad the other RW seems to have abandoned the great game.

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