Baseball season is upon us. With a little more than a month to go the Texas Rangers will take on good ‘ol Philly March 31st for their home opener. It’s the moment diehard fans have been waiting for, in fact counting down to for what seems to be the longest winter DFW has ever seen; but good things come to those who wait.
As you dust off your favorite ball cap, start buying sunflower seeds by the pound, and anxiously await the springtime air; be prepared for change. The Ballpark at Arlington is now Globe Life Park and what timing considering the Rangers are celebrating 20 glorious years at that stadium. It’s a 10-year deal so get used to it folks, embrace it and take in another moment that is part of club history because it’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last.
Speaking of history, one of the long time faces of the franchise is gone. Our beloved Nolan Ryan is now an executive advisor for the Houston Astros, but don’t be so quick to judge his decision. I admit I was devastated when I heard the news because I have so much love and respect for this Hall of Famer but that is exactly the reason I can justify supporting his new journey. Not only does he have an extensive history with the Astros organization, but he’s making the move to be with family. That’s something that Texans understand better than anybody.
Perhaps one of the biggest changes of all is the projected 2014 lineup. New names, new positions, and new hope for an evolving team. Excitement is setting in over some of the new players like power hitter Prince Fielder coming from Detroit and Shin-Soo Choo from Cincinnati. With Fielder coming in to be the first baseman, Mitch Moreland (prospectively) will be designated hitter. This is the sort of change Rangers fans have been waiting for.
So get ready for the smell of fresh cut grass, the roaring crowd of Arlington, and those long summer nights because it’s baseball time in Texas.