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The Magic of Opening Day

There are plenty of great two-word phrases in baseball: play ball, home run, and strike three, to name a few. But I’ve always been a believer that there’s no two-word phrase more satisfying to a baseball fan than this one: Opening Day.

You just can’t beat the festive atmosphere that comes with Opening Day. For baseball fans across the country, it’s a chance to come out of a six-month, baseball-less hibernation. Teams that are coming off a good year hope to keep a good thing going, while those that were out of the race by August are back in a five-way tie for first place. 23127972556_e8321afec1_k

Opening Day is so regal, in a way that other sports can’t match when their seasons open. Full stadiums, introductions of the entire team and special ceremonies make Opening Day memorable every year.

I remember getting out of school early to go spend a few hours under the sun and formally welcome baseball back from its extended absence. When I lived in Seattle, I even remember waking up to watch Mariners Opening Day on TV at 3:00 am (they were playing in Japan), back in 2012.

You just can’t beat Opening Day. It was great watching the three games yesterday, and there’s plenty more on tap today, including the Rangers opener at 3:05. It’s all serving as an appetizer for Opening Day in the minor leagues, coming up on Thursday, including Frisco’s game at Northwest Arkansas. So even if you don’t get a chance to go to a ballgame today, hopefully you feel the excitement of a new baseball season, where anything can happen and the fun is just beginning.


Baseball term of the day: open the floodgates – For a fielder to bring his glove up too quickly, allowing the ball to skid under the glove and between the fielder’s legs.

(term from The Dickson Baseball Dictionary)

A career first

Former RoughRider Leonys Martin hit his first major league home run in the Rangers’ 11-3 win over the Seattle Mariners Sunday, April 21, giving the Rangers the sweep.  Martin’s homer tied the game at 1-1, and was the first of many by the Rangers batters, including a grand slam by Nelson Cruz.


Leonys Martin as a RoughRider, 2011

RoughRiders Game Notes:

The Frisco RoughRiders (10-6) begin a four-game road series tonight in San Antonio against the Missions (7-9).  Click here for the game notes.

Baseball Term of the Day: Bullhead: An umpire who favors the visiting club.


Magic Number 10

It may be hard for some to believe, but the 2012 season will be year number 10 for the RoughRiders franchise. Current Rangers like Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, and Derek Holland all came through Dr Pepper Ballpark.  Heck, even Josh Hamilton has rehabbed here twice and, most recently, hit a home run.

It’s fun to reflect over the last nine years and think about all the great ballplayers ‘Riders fans have had the pleasure to watch. With that in mind, I’ve teamed up with the Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research,  to come up with the All-‘Riders Team.  In the coming weeks here on the blog, we’ll be profiling the best players at their positions in franchise history.  Should be a lot of fun.

Here are some news, notes, and headlines from today:

  • Arkansas Travelers’ third baseman Luis Jiminez has been added to the Angels’ 40-man roster.  He batted .290/.335/.486 with 18 homers in 490 at-bats for Arkansas in 2011, and he led the Texas League with 40 doubles, was second with 94 RBIs, and third with 59 extra-base hits.
  • Here’s a first:  according to, the Seattle Mariners are installing four electric vehicle charging stations available for public use at Safeco Field.  Each is capable of fully re-charging a vehicle battery in two-to-six hours. Anyone can plug into the charging stations 24 hours a day, even on days when the Mariners are not playing.
  • As reported late last month, our neighboring Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association have had their league membership revoked after failing to put up a required letter of credit for 2012.  Team owner Carl Bell says he’s selling the team to potential new owners who would field a team next season.
  • According to a tweet I saw a couple of days ago by my good friend Jason Cole, the publisher of, former RoughRiders’ reliever Evan Reed has been throwing in the upper 90s in the Arizona Fall League.  The ‘Riders were taking batting practice in Midland in 2010 when we got the news that Evan had been traded to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Cantu.  Evan is a great guy who I really enjoyed getting to know.  I once ate lunch with him at a Subway in Corpus Christi and was amazed by the amount of food he could pound.  Evan ate a 12″ sandwich on thick honey oat bread with four chicken breasts and almost all the veggies available.  Happy to hear that he’s doing well.