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Beautiful day lead to beautiful night at the ball park. on Flickr.


It’s a beautiful (though HOT) day for a ball game. on Flickr.



A Series of Interactive Maps Showing Preferred Major League Baseball Teams by Region Across the United States






Sumo wrestler Playing baseball

Oh my.



jackie robinson, 1947, from the our game blog by john thorn.

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Three years ago today, I also got to watch the Rangers win a World Series game.

Three years ago today, I was at a World Series game.


Ever wonder what @Rangers Ballpark looks like with the lights out? on Flickr.

Just before the post-game fireworks display the night of July 4th.


Fan of the game? RangerTrooper is Fan of the YEAR. (Taken with Instagram)

Gotta love minor league ball. Right behind the dugout for twelve bucks. (Taken with Instagram)


A couple of hams on Flickr.

At the Texas Rangers game today.

I wanted to personally thank Baton Rouge, LSU, Coach Paul Mainieri and the amazing LSU fans for the tremendous support they showed the cadets and fans from the United States Air Force Academy this past weekend. I had heard that LSU supporters were some of the best in the country, and they certainly did not disappoint.

I can honestly say that our team will never forget the unparalleled hospitality they received while visiting your great city and institution. Giving our team the opportunity to play and compete against such talent as Paul Mainieri and the LSU baseball team, in such an unbelievable facility was an experience our players, coaches and fans won’t soon forget.

Those of us wearing Air Force blue this weekend, in a sea of purple and gold might typically feel a little bit uneasy. However, your fans seemed genuinely appreciative of the cadets at the Air Force Academy and their future service to our great nation. To receive standing ovations during the middle of a Division 1 collegiate baseball game is an experience that is difficult to put into words. Nothing in my 20-year military and coaching career could have prepared me for that response and outpouring of support.

While we would have liked to walk out of Alex Box Stadium with a few more W’s this weekend, what we did walk away with simply cannot be matched.

You all should be very proud to be a part of such a great city and institution. Best of luck to all of you this season, and I think you may find you have a few more fans, who when not rooting for AFA will be pulling for LSU! It was Priceless! Thank You!

Michael “Kaz” Kazlausky, head baseball coach
United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, Col.




The time is close at hand.


How long until pitchers and catchers report? on Flickr.

Season ticket holders unfurl the flag on Flickr.

This is my favorite photo of the entire 2011 ALCS Game 1 set. I just love how the sky looks, the way the Ballpark’s lit, the Texas-sized flag in the outfield. Baseball, mom, and apple pie. Darn tootin’.

And thanks to @brentmckinney, this has already happened. (Taken with picplz.)


Today’s going to be a great day. (Taken with picplz.)


Three generations. (Taken with picplz.)


Sun setting behind the Ballpark. (Taken with picplz.)


On the dugout on Flickr.

Our ballplayer


This spring, Davis started playing baseball. At the six and under level (6U), it's coach-pitch. He did pretty well, and we saw improvements in his fielding from that first practice to the last game this past Saturday (May 22d). Hitting wise, he did awesome, going seven for eight in the first half of the season. He hit a slump, but rebounded for the last two games.

To see more photos, including a couple from the game, check out the rest of the set.

AirHogs Press Conference

The Grand Prairie AirHogs are a new minor league team in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and we have some footage from a recent press conference:


Dallas Morning News story on the new AirHogs

The AirHogs season begins in May, and I'm looking forward to taking in a game or two this year.

Texas Rangers 2008 Calendar

I was a little miffed to learn the Rangers offer a downloadable calendar for the season, only as a comma-separated .csv file. This is fine and dandy if you're running Outlook, as apparently the Rangers front office does, but it's not so good if you're one of the millions of people--and trust me, there are millions--not running Outlook.

The .ics calendars I found online weren't quite up to my expectations, either. I ended up taking one and heavily modifying it, notably adding all of the away dates, since this particular one focused only on home games. You can download the calendar by clicking on the link below:

Texas Rangers 2008 Calendar

Simply unzip (decompress) the downloaded file, and follow your calendar of choice's method for importing a calendar. The .ics format is an open standard, so pretty much any modern calendar app--yes, including Outlook--will read it.

Frisco RoughRiders, 28 July 2007


So my "last hurrah" before foot surgery was an outing to the ballpark in Frisco, home of the AA RoughRiders. It's a nice park, and there's not really a bad seat in the house.

Fortunately for us, we had really great seats, thanks to a church member who passed on six Founders' tickets to Nathan, who kindly invited my wife and I to attend. Also along for the outing was Nathan's wife Kim, perennial pal Brent, and Brent's baseball-loving daughter, Kelsey.

We had a great time taking advantage of the all-you-can eat and drink benefit that came with Founders' tickets, so much so that we missed the first inning, and the only scoring the game would see! The game may have been "boring" from the lack-of-scoring perspective, but I had a great time being out at a baseball game with my wife and great friends, and took some photos to boot.