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A glance back at the last ten years

This time ten years ago, the Frisco RoughRiders Inaugural season was just getting under way.  2012 was the 10th season of ‘Riders baseball, but 2013 marks ten full years in Frisco.  As we continue Opening Weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark, we’d like to  take a small look at the past ten years.

Recently, while cleaning a storage area in the press box, we came across an April 1, 2003 Special Edition issue of The Dallas Morning News featuring Opening Day of the Frisco RoughRiders at Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark.

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Front page of the April 1, 2003 Dallas Morning News, Frisco RoughRiders Opening Day special edition

Much can change in ten years.  This time ten years ago, the US had been at war in Iraq for a little more than a month, occupying the majority of news coverage. In sports, A-Rod was playing his last season with the Rangers, and Don Nelson was still in Dallas as coach of the Mavs.

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The Dallas Morning News cover, April 1, 2003

In their ten-year history, the RoughRiders organization and Dr Pepper Ballpark have had a number of changes and improvements added.  However, it is neat to take a look at the ballpark and at the team as they were ten years ago.  In 2003, Tim Ireland was the manager of the ‘Riders.  Since then, others have taken the role, including Darryl Kennedy (’05-’06) Dave Anderson (‘07), Scott Little (‘08), Mike Miccuci (’09) and our current manager, former Rangers’ third baseman Steve Buchele, who made his Frisco debut in 2010.

Dr Pepper /Seven Up Ballpark was renamed Dr Pepper Ballpark on March 31, 2006, and has held the name since.  Since 2003, many changes have been made to the ballpark itself with the addition and renovation of the concessions, scoreboard and lighting systems and other aspects.  Just prior to the 2013 season, the ballpark underwent a major improvement process on new concessions and playground areas.  Since its opening, Dr Pepper Ballpark has earned numerous recognition for its unique design, feel and fan amenities.

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The ‘Riders 2003 pocket schedule

There have been 324 players to have played in the ‘Riders uniform, with 97 former RoughRiders making it to the big leagues.  Many big-name players have starred in Frisco in these ten years, and the RoughRiders have had many successful season and memorable highlights.    We look forward to another ten years of Frisco RoughRiders baseball.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Through the Slot- A pitch that passes directly over home plate.

Welcome Home

The rain has stopped, the clouds have parted, and Rangers baseball is back in Arlington!   Many people will call in sick from work, pull their kids out early from school, and make the drive to the ballpark to welcome our Rangers back home for the 2013 season.  Opening Day is finally here as the Rangers face the LA Angels this afternoon at 1:05.

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Today also marks Josh Hamilton’s first return to Rangers Ballpark since leaving for LA.  This return has sparked a number of reactions by Rangers fans, especially after remarks made by Hamilton questioning the loyalty of DFW baseball fans.

I am personally on the edge of my seat waiting to know how Josh will be received at today’s game.  Will the stadium erupt in boos?  Will there be cheers for the once-adored All-Star?  Or will he receive the silent treatment, getting little acknowledgement from the fans of his former team?

More than likely, there will be a combination of all three.  There are a number of fans who feel Hamilton leaving the Rangers and the way he left was a betrayal, and boos will be heard throughout the stadium.  Others will try to look past the hurt feelings and the tension, and cheer.  However, the hope for many is that there will be silence, no boos or cheers, proving Rangers fans stand strongly behind their team and can move past the tensions from the last few months.

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Regardless of how Hamilton’s reception plays out, the fact is today is the Rangers Home Opener.  The day Rangers fans have been looking forward to is finally here.  Enjoy it and look forward to many enjoyable days and nights at the ballpark!

 Other notes from the week:

-The Rangers began the season this past Sunday on the road in Houston.  Despite dropping the first game of the series 2-8 in the Astros’ first game in the American League, the Rangers came back to win the series in back-to-back shutouts.

Yu Darvish was one strike away from pitching a perfect game in Game 2, tallying a career-high 14 strikeouts.  Former RoughRider Alexi Ogando also had a career-high 10 strikeouts in Game 3. In total, the Rangers had 43 strikeouts, the most by a major-league team in the first three games of the season, breaking the mark set by the 1966 Cleveland Indians.

-Elvis Andrus is in Texas for a while.  The 24-year-old shortstop announced Thursday that he signed an eight-year contract extension, securing him at least through 2018 (he has an opt-out in his contract at that point).

Where was Nolan Ryan?  At Thursday’s press conference announcing Andrus’ contract extension, Ryan was noticeably absent.  This only fueled the curiosities of his future with the Rangers.  It was reported later that Nolan attended the Round Rock Express season opener.

What does the future hold for Jurickson Profar?  With the Elvis Andrus contract extension, the future for Rangers’ top prospect Profar is up in the air.  The former RoughRider, will be in Round Rock this season, but playing the same position as Andrus brings questions regarding the 20-year-old’s future.

-Ryan

Baseball term of the day: Parachute Hitter – another term for a singles hitter

Back From Vacation

Every year after the season is over the RoughRiders are kind enough to let me escape for about 10 days and simply get away from things.  For the second straight year, my wife Heather and I ventured to the east coast to visit her family in Boston and some friends I made while broadcasting in Portland, Maine in 2009.

Along with Boston and Portland, we also made it to Cape Cod, Vermont, and New Hampshire.  It was great to experience the fall season out there and see some family.  Plus, we got to go to my all-time favorite sea food restaurant in Hull, MA, Jake’s Seafood.

Now it’s back to the ballpark just in time for the World Series.  Over the course of the last two seasons broadcasting for the RoughRiders, I’ve tried not to talk much on-air about the fact that I spent the majority of my life in St. Louis and even own a pair of seats from the old Busch Stadium (seats 16 and 17, if you’re wondering).

It’s especially hard to not sound like a Cardinals fan when the ‘Riders play the Springfield Cardinals.  Well now it’s become really hard with the Redbirds taking on the Rangers. Before even the first pitch is thrown in the World Series, this matchup has already taught me how much of a Rangers fan I’ve become over the last couple of years.  I’ve written about it on here and talked about it on-air, the Rangers are a class franchise top to bottom and go about things the right way.  I’m sure there are some things they they and/or the fans would have liked to have seen done differently, but overall, it’s a fantastic organization to be associated with.

I’ve had some people here at the ballpark ask me who I’ll be rooting for and to be honest, I’m actually torn.

If nothing else, here’s hoping for a good series.

-AG

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