Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Texas Rangers Top 40 Countdown

Texas Rangers Top 40 Countdown

Logos will be in order followed by the years in use.


40 - Benji Molina hits for a cycle. July 10, 2010

39 - Bill Stein's 7 consecutive pinch hits.
       May 25, 1981 

38 - Rafael Palmeiro's HR beats Roger Clemens
       and Red Sox. April 30, 1989

37 - Toby Harrah & Bump Wills hit back-
       2-back in-the-park HR. August 22, 1977

36 - Gary Matthews Jr.'s incredible catch.
       July 1, 2006

35 - Julio Franco wins All-Star Game MVP.
       July 10, 1990

34 - Rangers score 30 runs at Baltimore.
       August 22, 2007

33 - Larry Parrish beats Yankees with 3 HR's.
       April 29, 1985

32 - Brad Corbett becomes Rangers first local
       owner. May 29, 1974

31 - Adrian Beltre's 3 HRs in ALDS Game 4 beats
       Rays. October 4, 2011


30 - Hank Blalock's HR wins the All- Star game
       for the American League. July 15, 2003

29 - Nolan Ryan Group wins ownership of Rangers
       in auction.  August 5, 2010

28 - Josh Hamilton hits 28 HRs in first round of
       Home Run Derby. July 16, 2008

27 - Michael Young wins All-Star MVP in
       Pittsburgh.  July 11, 2006

26 - Rangers trade for Josh Hamilton. December 21,

25 - Billy Martin leads team to 2nd place finish in
       A.L. West. 1974

24 - Rangers win 94 games under Billy Hunter. 1977

23 - Richie Zisk hits walk-off HR on opening day vs.
       Yankees. April 8, 1978

22 - Geno Petralli & Ruben Sierra HR's beat
       Roger Clemens and Red Sox. August 25, 1986

21 - Nolan Ryan's 6th No-Hitter. June 11, 1990


20 - George Bush investment team buys Rangers.
       March 17, 1989

19 - Mark Teixeira traded for Neftali Feliz, Elvis
       Andrus, Matt Harrison and Jared
       Saltalamacchia. July 31, 2007

18 - Rangers beat Yankees in first-ever play-off
       game. October 1, 1996

17 - Cliff Lee beats Rays in game 5 of ALDS.
       October 12, 2010

16 - Derek Holland Gem vs. St. Luis Cardinals
       in game 4 of World Series. October 12, 2010

15 - Opening of the Ballpark in Arlington.
       April 11, 1994

14 - Announcement made to build new ballpark.
       October 24, 1990

13 - David Clyde (18 ys old) makes Major League
       debut. June 27, 1973

12 - Nolan Ryan's 5,000th strike out.
       August 22, 1989

11 - Nolan Ryan's 7th No-Hitter. May 1, 1991


10 - Rangers first-ever game in Arlington.
       April 21, 1972

 9 - Rangers first road win in the World Series.
      October 20, 2011

 8 - Rangers beat St. Luis Cardinals to take a
      3-2 lead in World Series.  October 24, 2011

7 - Josh Hamilton hits 4 HR's at Baltimore
     Orioles. May 8, 2012

 6 - First World Series game played in Arlington.
      October 30, 2010


 5 - Kenny Rogers Perfect Game. July 28, 1994

 4 - Nelson Cruz Walk-Off Grand Slam beats
      Detroit Tigers. October 10, 2011

 3 - Mayer Tom Vandergriff announces Rangers
      coming to Arlington. September 23, 1971

 2 - Rangers beat Detroit Tigers to win 2nd Pennant.
      October 15, 2011

 1 - Rangers beat Yankees to win 1st Pennant.
      October 22, 2010


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two Nuts

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, 
Old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence.
One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts 
And sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began
Dividing the nuts.  "One for me, 
One for you.  One for me," said one boy.

Several dropped and rolled down toward
The fence.  Another boy came riding along the
Road on his bicycle.
As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery.
He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard,
"One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me."
He just knew what it was.
He jumped back on his bike and rode  off.
Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
"Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard!
Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls."
The man said, "Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk."
When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled to the cemetery.
Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me..."
The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord."
Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything.
The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence
Tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
At last they heard, "One for you, one for me. That's all.
Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done."

They say the old man made it back to town
a full 5 minutes ahead of the boy on the bike.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jack Of All Trades... Master Of One

My first job was working in an Orange Factory,
But I got canned. Couldn't concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack,
But just couldn't hack it,
So they gave me the axe.

After that, I tried being a Tailor,
But wasn't suited for it -- 
Mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory,
But it was too exhausting.

Then, tried being a Chef,
Figured it would add a little spice to my life,
But just didn't have the thyme.

Next, I attempted being a Deli Worker,
But any way I sliced it...
Couldn't cut the mustard.

My best job was a Musician,
But eventually found I wasn't noteworthy.

I studied a long time to become a Doctor,
But didn't have any patience.

Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory,
Tried hard but just didn't fit in.

I became a Professional Fisherman,
But discovered I couldn't live on my net income.

Managed to get a good job working for a 
Pool Maintenance Company,
But the work was just too draining.

So then I got a job in a Workout Center,
But the said I wasn't fit for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work,
I finally got a job as a Historian
Until I realized there was no future in it.

My last job was working in Starbucks,
But had to quit because it was the same old grind.

And I found I'm perfect for the job!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Crabby Old Man

When an old man died in the geriatric ward 
of a nursing home in GRASS VALLEY, CA.
It was believed that he had nothing left of any
Later, when the nurses were going through
his meager possessions, they found this poem.
Its quality and content so impressed the staff
that copies were made and distributed to every
 nurse in the home.
One nurse took her copy to Missouri.
The old man's sole bequest to posterity has
since appeared in the Christmas edition of
The News Magazine of the St. Louis Association
for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also
been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this little old man, with nothing left to give to 
the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous'
poem winging across the Internet.
Crabby Old Man...
What do you see nurses?
What do you see?
What are you thinking
When you're looking at me?
A crabby old man
Not very wise,
Uncertain of habit
With faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food
And makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice
'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice
The things that you do.
And forever is losing
A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not
Lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding
The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?
Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse
You're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am.
As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding,
As I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten
With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters
Who love one another.
A young boy of Sixteen
With wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now
A lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty
My heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows
That I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now
I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide
And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty
My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other
With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons
Have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me
To see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more,
Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children
My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me
My wife is now dead.
I look at the future
Shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing
Young of their own.
And I think of the years
And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man
And nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age
Look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles
Grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone
Where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass
A young guy still dwells,
And now and again
My battered heart swells.
I remember the joys
I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living
Life over again.
I think of the years, all too few
Gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact
That nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people
Open and see.
Not a crabby old man
Look closer...
See ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older
person who you might brush aside, Without looking 
at the young soul within.
We will ALL, one day, be there, too!

The best and most beautiful things of this world 
can't be seen or touched.  They must be felt by
the heart