Author: J. Brackston

2012 Tailgating Guide to Cowboys Stadium

Cowboys Stadium

Attending a Dallas Cowboys game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is more of an event, rather than just a game.

America’s Team has a storied tradition, including five Super Bowl victories, 20 winning seasons in a row, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and a fantastic new stadium to call home. Like everything else the Cowboys do, they have taken tailgating to a whole new level for their fans.

Cowboys fans who just attend a football game are missing out. Sure, the stadium is state of the art. The 50 yard overhead television like-screen is in its own right, a sight to behold. Outside the stadium, is where the event starts for many fans. Tailgating at the Cowboys games is such a big thing, there are Facebook groups, websites, and tailgating clubs that almost make the game seem like part two of a football double-header event.

Here, is a guide to help fans through their first tailgating experience at Cowboys Stadium.

Venue: Cowboys Stadium

Playing Surface: Artificial Turf

Year Opened: 2009

Super Bowls Hosted: 2011, Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburg Steelers 25

Tailgating Start/Finish Times: The parking lots open five hours before game time. Everything must be cleaned up and removed by two hours after the game ends.

Tailgating Areas: Parking lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 have designated tailgating parking spaces. Tailgating is prohibited in parking lots 3 and 9, with limited tailgating in lots 5 and 6. For a map, of all parking lots, click here. Each vehicle must have a valid parking permit. The saving of parking spaces is prohibited, and vehicles may not be parked on the grassy areas. Tents, chairs, tables, and tailgating equipment must be set up on the grassy areas lining the edges of the lots.

Open Flames Prohibited: Open flames of any kind, are not permitted. No cooking with oil or deep fryers is allowed. Charcoal and gas grills are permitted but only on the grassy areas along the edges of the lots. A container for hot coals to be disposed of properly is available on each lot.

Alcohol Permitted: Alcohol is permitted in the tailgating areas, but may not be taken into the stadium. All alcoholic beverages must be finished upon entering the stadium.

Personal Experience and Tailgating Tips: Arrive early, the stadium and surrounding lots total 30,000 spaces, including Rangers Ballpark lots, and they fill up quickly. Get there and find out your forgot something, no problem, a Wal-Mart Supercenter is directly across the street from the stadium. There is no parking for the game, or tailgating in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Tailgating is much more fun along the streets closer to the stadium and the other fans. Do not be afraid to ask the parking attendants, they will point out the best areas in each lot. Interacting with other fans is possibly the most alluring thing about tailgating. This is where you make friends with other Cowboys fans and fans of the visiting teams.

Be friendly, everyone wants to have a good-time. Harassing the fans of the visiting teams is not allowed and is subject to being escorted off the lots by security. Promotional activities or sale of products of any kind is not allowed. Political statements or demonstrations are not permitted.

For more information on tailgating and tailgating groups, visit the following sites:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lot-4-Tailgaters/156372484439050
http://cowboystailgate.com/map.html
http://dallastailgate.com/
http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/guests/parking.cfm

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Why Cheerleading is not a Sport, but Cheerleaders are Athletes

Anna Watson

 

Cheerleading, is it a sport or not? This question has been argued for years. Last week a federal judge in the 2ndU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it was not a sport. Like every other thing a judge rules on, there will be those who accept the ruling and those who will disagree.

In the opinion of this writer, the question cannot be answered without first defining what constitutes a sport. Without doubt, there are exhibitions and competitions of athletics that would not be a sport in the true sense of the word.

In my opinion to be classified as a sport, the competition must include the following elements.

1. There must be a competition between two or more contestants.

2. There must be a clear and defined winner.

3. The performance of one contestant must be able to be directly affected by the performance of another contestant.

4. There must be a scoring system where the contestants, not third parties determine the winner.

Without the presence of these four elements, the competition would go from being a sport, to being more simply, an athletic completion. The participants would without doubt be athletes, having to demonstrate skill in whatever the activity might be, but the act itself would not fall under the title of being a sport.

This in my opinion would not be limited to just cheerleading. Gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming, and many other competitions would also be classified as athletic competitions, but not sports in the true sense of the word.

Cheerleaders, as well as gymnasts, and divers have exceptional athletic abilities, taking years of training and dedication to perfect. I would in no way dismiss these individuals as athletes. There just simply is not the one thing, in my mind, that would constitute a sport. That thing, being an opponent who can change the outcome of your performance.

There are other activities that some consider sports, in reality, I would consider games or activities rather than sports. Golf, bowling, hunting, fishing, and darts are some examples. These games or activities all require some level of athletic skill, but your opponent cannot directly change your performance, unless hunters and fishermen consider a deer or fish their opponents.

What cheerleader would want to be atop a pyramid, if she or he knew another team was fixing to go flying into her teammates? What gymnast would like to be on a beam, if she or he knew someone else was going to try knocking them off? What golfer could concentrate on hitting a golfball, if he knew an opponent was fixing to level him or her? Would a hunter still hunt, if others were shooting at him?

My point is, to classify as a sport, not a competition, game or activity, your opponent must be able to change your performance. In cheerleading this just does not apply. Therefore, cheerleading is not a sport, it is an athletic competition in my opinion.

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Josh Hamilton Tries To Impress The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees This Week

The Texas Rangers are starting a four game series with the New York Yankees tonight in New York. The series matches the top two teams in the American League in what could be a preview of the League Championship Series.

The Yankees are without ace pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who is nursing a sore elbow. Tonight they will send David Phelps out to the mound, with the Rangers countering with newly acquired pitcher, Rick Dempster. I looking for Dempster to settle in and be the pitcher the Rangers need him to be down the stretch. Phelps, on the other hand, will want the Ranger hitters will add to his strikeout total, where he has averaged one strikeout per inning over his career.

The Yankees come into the series with a 67-47 record, going 6-4 over their last ten games. The Rangers, 67-46, come into the game with a 7-3 record over the last ten games, including a weekend series win 2 games to 1 over a team much like the Yankees, the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees are quite capable of scoring runs they are the only American League team with a better run differential than the Rangers, having outscored opponents by 97 runs. The Rangers have scored 82 more runs than their opponents, falling back to earth a bit from the torrid pace they had been on earlier in the season.

Josh Hamilton, the focus of much of the Rangers lack of production in June and July, has started to turn things around. In his last 10 games, Hamilton is hitting .357, and showing signs of finding his power swing again. Hamilton has hit three homers and driven in 15 during the 10 game-span. He has also limited his strikeouts to nine, while taking four walks.

Hamilton being in the last season of his contract with the Rangers could do himself an enormous favor this week in New York. Hamilton with a strong showing at the plate, combined with limiting the seemingly untimely mental lapses by swinging at bad pitches can accomplish two things.

First and foremost Hamilton can show the Rangers they should sign him long-term if they want to continue competing with the Yankees for the league championship each year. Secondly, it would give the Yankees a clear idea what he could do in Yankee Stadium, should he decide to test the free-agent market and talk to them this coming off-season.

The Yankees as a team are getting older and as always looking to retool. Hamilton maybe that next superstar they will need to build a team around. The Rangers need Hamilton to stay in Texas. He gives them a legitimate hitter in the three spot of the batting order. Hitting behind Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus gives Hamilton plenty of chances to collect RBIs, and hitting in front of Adrian Beltre, keeps teams from pitching around him.

Hamilton just needs to stay focused and hit the ball this week, it will do the Rangers a world of good, and it could bring him even bigger money at the end of the season.

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Dog Days of August are a Sports Fan’s Paradise

The dog days of August have turned into an incredibly exciting time for sports fans. Like leap year, every four years the Summer Olympics come along and offer sports fans the world over a reason to cheer. There are stories of athletes winning and losing that capture the hearts of so many. For 17 days, the world comes together and seems to forget so many of the problems that normally take center stage.

People who are typically too busy to pay attention stop and take notice. Swimmers, gymnasts, runners and divers capture the spotlight, giving the people of their countries something to rally around, to root on to victory. Spectators will find people cheering for someone that they may never have heard of, but now hold dear to their heart.

Watching someone like Michael Phelps win medal after medal on his way to becoming the greatest Olympian of all times, restores hope and pride in their fellow countrymen. Looking on as a young Gabby Douglas wins the gold medal, brings new hope to every little girl who has taken her first gymnastics class. Watching as a double amputee like Oscar Pistorius realizes his dream of running in the 400 meter race, brings a swelling of pride to sports fan around the world.

For sports fans, there is even more going on than the Olympics. This is a time when sports of all kinds start to ramp up. The NFL season has started with the New Orleans Saints beating the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game, 17-10.

College football is about to kick off another season, trying to put behind us the mess that was Penn. State. Stadiums will be sold-out with tailgating a way of life in stadium parking lots all over the country. Marching bands will be playing the fight songs while cheerleaders will be doing flips and cheering on teams attempting to become the National Champions.

High schools everywhere will be running out new teams with new dreams onto fields in every little town across the nation. Dreams will be born, and some will be crushed along the way, but every player will be a winner for being a part of something special. Years down the road, they will gather at class reunions and rehash those moments of glory.

Baseball will begin winding down. Pennant races will take hold and capture the attention of us all. The playoffs and World Series will take place, and a new champion will emerge.

Most of all, in the minds of many, will be the start of Fantasy Football. When the out of shape, the ones with no athletic skills to speak of gather for parties and drafts, in living rooms and bars as far as the eye can see. Stories of last season’s triumphs and failures will bring laughter and jeers from your peers. Leagues with history, built on friendship, where the competition will be fierce, and money will change hands. The bragging rights will far outweigh the money, but nothing can compare to finding that one sleeper that everyone else over looked.

Yes, the Olympics are renowned, winning the World Series is revered, having won the Super Bowl is impressive, and being National Champions in college is life-long, all great accomplishments. Winning your fantasy football league is like standing on that medal podium holding up your own gold medal, your own Super Bowl trophy, your own World Series trophy, and your own BCS trophy all at the same time.

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Josh Hamilton Owes The Texas Rangers And Their Fans A Honest Effort

Nolan Ryan may have saved the Texas Rangers season. Ryan recently called out Josh Hamilton for giving away at bats. Even the most ardent Hamilton fans can not argue with what Ryan said.

While doing an interview on Galloway and Company on ESPN Dallas, Ryan had the following to say,” ” … Some of his at-bats aren’t very impressive from the standpoint that he doesn’t work deep into the count, he’s swinging at a lot of bad pitches, he just doesn’t seem to be locked in at all. So what you’re hoping is that his approach will change and he’ll start giving quality at-bats because there’s a lot of those at bats that he just gives away. One of the things I’ve always commented on is I can’t ever say that I ever saw Henry [Hank] Aaron give an at-bat away.”

More important, than what Ryan said, was the fact that he said it. Up until now nobody in the Ranger’s front office, or the team manager Ron Washington, or coaches were publically saying anything. Hamilton has been getting a free pass, because, well, he was Josh Hamilton. Now with Ryan speaking out, not even a player’s manager like Washington can ignore what is going on with Hamilton.

Hamilton has been terrible at best in the last two months. In the last 10 games, Hamilton has looked lost. In his last 38 at bats, covering the last 10 games, Hamilton is hitting .138, with 13 strike outs, a mere 7 RBIs, and only one home run. This is not the performance the Rangers need from what some in baseball call the best player in the game.

The problem as I see it is not in talent, it is in the determination and desire. Hamilton has gone from being the best thing on the Rangers, to the biggest liability in the Ranger’s lineup. With Hamilton performing as he is, opposing pitchers have no reason to pitch to Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus in front of Hamilton. Even if, Kinsler or Andrus do get on base Hamilton will do his best to leave them stranded by swinging meekly at the first pitch, no matter if it is a strike or not.

Washington to his credit heard and reacted to Ryan. He moved Hamilton out of the three spot, and even sat him out a game. It is difficult to argue with the outfield of Nelson Cruz, Craig Gentry, and David Murphy giving the Rangers a better chance to win than if Hamilton is in the field. Murphy and Gentry work the count, and give it their all each time they step in the batter’s box. Hamilton, on the other hand, swings at bad pitches and makes every pitcher he faces look like Cy Young.

On April 4th, I wrote an article for Yahoo Sports asking if the Rangers should trade Hamilton at that time while he still had value. Fan’s Take: Should the Texas Rangers Trade Josh Hamilton Now?

I wish I had been wrong, but results tell the story. Hamilton has issues somewhere, whether at home, or with the film being made about his life, or with the demons of his past. Whatever the issues are, they are quickly becoming the issues of the entire team. If Hamilton cannot find his swing and swagger soon, the Texas Rangers as a whole will pay the price by missing the playoffs, or at the least making a quick exit from them.

Hamilton said before the season he owed nothing to the Rangers past this season, and while he had a valid point, he does owe something to them and their fans this season. He owes them an honest effort, and lately that is not what they have been getting.

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99 Baseball Games On The Wall, 99 Baseball Games

Taking a look back at the first 99 games of the major league baseball season, I see five players that have to be pleasant surprises to Texas Rangers baseball fans. Following a terrible World Series, where the Rangers essentially gave the St. Louis Cardinals the championship, combined with an off-season where the so-called ace of the pitching staff, C.J. Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Angels, Ranger fans had to have doubts about this season.

The Angels with the addition of Wilson not only helped themselves, but they hurt the pitching staff of the team they were chasing for the last two years. Albert Pujols also signed with the Angels, giving the Rangers fans even more reason to have doubts after what he did to Ranger pitching in last season’s World Series playing for the Cardinals.

Those doubts may have been misplaced. Here, it is July 17, and the Rangers have a five game advantage in the American League West, being chased by the Angels, and now perhaps the Oakland A’s who are sitting eight games back in third place.

Playing the remaining 63 games at a .500 average, winning 32 and losing 31, the Rangers would put all the pressure on the Angels who would have to play at a .587 pace going 37-26 to catch the Rangers. The Angels have not played at that pace for any stretch over more than 10 games all season. The A’s would have even more work to do, they would need to go 40-23 in the last 63 games to catch the Rangers.

The Rangers appear to me to be in the driver’s seat, and the following five players just may be the key to the reasons why. Of course, Josh Hamilton, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre have made the contributions they were all expected to make, but these five players have made the difference in my opinion.

Harrison

1.Matt Harrison has been a stud, no way anyone could argue with that. His 12-4 record leads the team, and he has been one of two pitchers that Ron Washington could count on giving a good performance when he sent him to the mound. Harrison has two shutouts and three complete games under is belt, to go along with 122.1 innings pitched.

Darvish

2. Yu Darvish has been everything the Rangers could have hoped for in his first season pitching in a new country, new league, and with all the media attention he gets. His 10-6 record and 109 innings have largely been in front of sold-out stadiums, particularly in Arlington. Yes, there have been a few games where he looked lost, but on the whole, he has looked like the pitcher we all expected to see.

Nathan

3. Joe Nathan coming back from Tommy John surgery was a gamble, and it has paid off. Nathan has been him old self in the closer role for the Rangers. Blowing only one save in 20 chances, while striking out 46 batters and only walking 5, Nathan has shown he is back and was well worth the risk the Rangers took when they signed him.

Ross

4. Robbie Ross has been a nice addition to the bullpen. Going 6-0 as a rookie, with a .95 ERA, Ranger fans are possibly looking at a Rookie of The Year candidate in Ross. He throws strikes and lets the defense do their job when he is on the mound. Exactly the kind of young pitcher the Rangers need in the sixth and seventh innings of tight ballgames going down the stretch.

Gentry

5. Craig Gentry has been an excellent part-time fit in the Rangers outfield. In 40 starts and the 71 total games Gentry has appeared in, he is hitting .331. His .396 on base percentage combined with his speed on the base paths, gives opposing pitchers something more to worry about while facing the top of the Rangers batting order. Hitting in the ninth spot in the batting order, Gentry gives Kinsler RBI opportunities he did not have before.

These players are part of the reason the Rangers are sitting atop the A.L. West, and they will need to continue to be consistent the rest of the way for the Rangers to hold off the Angels and the A’s. It would be quite possible for all three teams, the Rangers as the division winner, and the Angels and A’s as the wildcard teams to make the playoffs this season.

The real season starts now, and the Rangers with all the injuries to the starting pitching staff are fortunate these players have all been having the seasons that they are. The Rangers play two games against Oakland, then three against the Angels in the next 7 days, I think we are in what could be called a pennant race starting tomorrow night.

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The Texas Rangers Are The Best Team In Baseball This Season

The world of major league baseball is finding out what Ranger fans already knew. The Rangers are clearly the best team in the majors. They are the only team with 50 wins sitting atop the American League West by 5.5 games over the Los Angeles Angels. The American League All-Star Team features seven, possibly eight Rangers, depending on fan voting, Yu Darvish could be number eight.

Going into the month of July, the Rangers have a chance to all but bury the Angels, leaving them to fight for a wildcard berth, if the Angels want to join the Rangers in the playoffs. The schedule for July is much more brutal for the Angels than the Rangers. While the Rangers play 24 games with four days off, not including the All-Star break, the Angels play 27 games and have only one day off, not including the break.

The teams the Angels play in July have a combined record of 295-254, while the Rangers play teams with a combined record of 277-278. Each team has 13 home games in July with the Angels playing 14 games on the road, while the Rangers only play 11 away from Arlington. The seven games the Rangers and Angels play against each other in July, possibly previews the American League Championship Series.

The only real threat from the rest of the American League appears to be the New York Yankees. Injuries to Andy Pettitte(broken ankle), CC Sabathia(strained groin), added to Mariano Rivera(ACL-out for year), Joba Chamberlain(ankle surgery), and Michael Pineda(shoulder) have left the Yankees with a weakened starting pitching staff of Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, and Hiroki Kuroda. Freddy Garcia will join them in the rotation, a rotation faced with the pressure of repeating a 20-7 month of June to stay in first place in the East.

The Rangers lead their division counterparts in every offensive category except sacrifice bunts, outscoring the Angels by more than 75 runs this season.

The Rangers pitching staff, despite being devastated by injuries to the starting rotation almost matches the Angel rotation in ERA, with the Angels holding a slight edge 3.49 to 3.69. However, the Rangers pitchers have struck out 60 more opposing batters than the Angels, and issued 41 fewer walks.

Rangers fans should not start buying postseason tickets just yet, but if the second half of the season is anywhere like the first half, a third consecutive trip to the World Series is not out of the question. Everything points to the four game series in Arlington starting July 30th as a defining point in both team’s seasons.

On pace to win 100 games for the first time in team history, having seven or possibly eight all-stars, possibly making a third straight appearance in the World Series, it is extremely difficult to argue with the fact, the Texas Rangers are the best team in baseball this season.

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Texas Ranger Fans Keep Cheering Your First Place Rangers

Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels were meeting with members of the Rangers clubhouse crew early this morning. They were attempting to find out who left the Rangers hitters baseball bats off the plane when the team left on this trip west. The Rangers have got to be glad to be home, not so much for the home-cooking, but because this 10 game road trip was uninspiring at best.

The Rangers went west with a chance to extend a five game lead in the American League West, instead they limp home with a three game lead. Had it not been for winning two out of three against the San Francisco Giants, this trip would have been a disaster. The flip side to all of that, the Rangers have a three game lead in the west and play 16 of the next 19 games at home.

Every team except one the Rangers play in that 19 game stretch is under .500 for the season, only the Arizona Diamondbacks at 30-30 have a .500 record. Right now is the time the Ranger bats need to come alive and carry a pitching staff that is quickly taking on the appearance of a M.A.S.H. unit.

While the Rangers are playing six teams that have a collective record of 154-207, the Los Angeles Angels will have to play outstanding baseball over their next 18 games just to keep pace. Those 18 games will be much harder on the Angels, playing crosstown rival the Los Angeles Dodgers in six of those games. The Angels also have games against the Baltimore Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays, the San Francisco Giants, and the Diamondbacks, these teams are a combined 168-134.

If Ryan and Daniels can locate those missing bats, the Rangers have the opportunity to stretch the lead in the west to six or seven games by July 1. Hopefully by then Derek Holland’s shoulder is better, and Roy Oswalt is ready to join the team. The pitching staff could use all the help it can get, they may all be out helping Ryan and Daniels hunt for those bats.

Daniels will also have his eye on the July 31, non-waiver trade deadline. There may be a few teams out there that have a starting pitcher that Daniels may be interested acquiring. For now, just have fun being a Ranger fan, it has not been that long since the Rangers were the team selling in July. Yes, it is good to be a Ranger fan right now, even if they only have a three game lead, keep on cheering, you could be in San Diego rooting for the Padres.

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The Next Ten Games Crucial To The Texas Rangers Season

The Texas Rangers have a 6.5 game lead on the Los Angeles Angels going into tonight’s game with the Seattle Mariners. Had someone offered a Rangers fan, at the beginning of the season, that come Memorial Day the Rangers would be up by that margin, every Ranger fan would have said yes, but wanted more.

The Angels are heating up, winning seven of the last 10 games. More importantly, Albert Pujols is getting hot, batting .321 with 4 home runs in the last seven games. We all knew Pujols would eventually start hitting, that is what great hitters do, they slump, they come out of it, and they can carry the team.

The Angels play three games against the New York Yankees before the Rangers get to town. The Yankees are also playing good baseball right now, they go into Los Angeles riding a five game winning streak, having just swept the Oakland A’s in a three game weekend series, in Oakland. New York will be sending Phil Hughes to the mound against Jered Weaver Sunday night, Andy Pettitte against Dan Haren on Tuesday, and finish the series on Wednesday with Ivan Nova against Ervin Santana. I anticipate the Angels to win Game One behind Weaver in a pitching duel, the Yankees to win Game Two behind Pettitte who has made two really good starts in a row, and Game Three to be a slugfest, hopefully depleting the Angels bullpen before Texas gets to town.

The Rangers hopefully will continue to enjoy the friendly confines of the Ballpark in Arlington, sweeping the Mariners. Had the last series between the Rangers and Mariners been in Arlington, the Rangers would have won at least two of those games, instead of losing two. Several of the balls the Rangers hit would have been home runs in Arlington, in Seattle they were just long fly ball outs. With a sweep here at home and the Yankees winning at least one, maybe two games in Los Angeles, the Rangers could get to town with a 7.5 or 8.5 game lead, putting all the pressure on the Angels.

Yes, the next ten games are crucial, win seven or eight of them and the Rangers will be sitting pretty heading into interleague play against the Arizona Diamond Backs, the Houston Astros, the San Diego Padres, and the Colorado Rockies, with only the Padres not visiting Arlington.

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Texas Rangers Fans Living The Good Life

Texas Rangers fans are living the good life, as far as baseball fans are concerned. The Rangers are in 1st place, in the American League West, they are fun to watch, and they look like the only team that could keep them from making the playoffs, are themselves.
Josh Hamilton is doing just what he should do in a contract year, leading the league in almost every offensive category that matters. Hamilton is currently hitting .389, with an OBP .442, is slugging .785, has 18 homeruns, 47 RBI, and has an incredible .1227 OPS. Rumor has it Nolan Ryan will be backing the Wells Fargo truck up to Hamilton’s house if he wants the outfielder to stay in Texas after this season.

Not to be overlooked is the play of some of the other Rangers. Elvis Andrus is making Jon Daniels look good. Daniels may have looked like the bad guy a couple of years ago asking Mike Young to make way for Andrus, but the move has worked out, and Daniels is looking good right now. Andrus is playing like an All-Star, not just in the field, but with his bat. Andrus is hitting .325, with 69 total bases on the season, and holding his own with a .400 OBP.

Yu Darvish is everything the Rangers could have hoped for, going 6-1 in his first eight starts as a Ranger. Averaging more than a strikeout per inning shows one of two things for Darvish, either he has really good stuff, or the batters cannot figure him out yet. Either way it is good for the Rangers, Darvish and the Rangers fans. Another good thing for the Rangers, ticket sales for the games Darvish takes the mound are holding steady and hard to get. This is an example of the good work Jon Daniels and the Rangers front office are doing.

May has been a little tougher than April on the Rangers, but that was to be expected. No team in baseball has ever won more than 116 games in a season, and Ranger fans had begun to expect the Rangers to win them all. The reality of baseball, that is just not going to happen. Here, we sit on May 21st, and the Rangers have a five game lead on Oakland in the division, and the free-spending Los Angeles Angels are eight back.

The next 16 games may say more than the first 42 have, 13 of those games are against the West. If the Rangers keep up the pace, June 7th maybe the start of some really good players becoming available from the other three teams in the West. Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles will have to start looking at dumping salary and preparing for the 2013 season if the Rangers can get the lead in the division to double digits, and the Rangers are capable of doing that.

Yes, Ranger fans are living the good life right now, with the roster Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan have put together, I see little reason to expect Josh Hamilton not to be a part of that roster for years to come. If Hamilton continues on to win the Triple Crown, what better way for Ranger fans to celebrate, than with a World Series Championship, and a long term deal for Hamilton.

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