Note: I have been trying all day to post pictures to this entry, but they simply will not post. Blogger must be having issues today. Hopefully it'll be working again tomorrow.
I'll go ahead and tell you about the Rangers game we went to, because there's a picture of us online at the game! When we first got to the ballpark, a guy came up with a camera and asked to take our picture and said it would be online the next day. We haven't had access to a computer till we got home, so this morning I went right over and took a look at it. Of course, the goal is for the Rangers to sell you some pictures, but I'll just give you the link to look at it here.
This was a very exciting game! It didn't start out that way, though; going into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Rangers were behind 7-0. I was beginning to earnestly pray that something would happen to turn the game around. If you keep up with baseball at all, you know that the Rangers have never been one of the best teams. Samuel became a fan when he was 7 years old and discovered baseball and that we lived near a major-league team. We taught him to be a faithful fan rather than a fair-weather fan, and he is now a die-hard. But almost every game he's been to in person, they've lost. So I was praying they would win this game, since we would only get to this one and it was just for him that we were in Texas.
Well, in the bottom of the 6th, there was a grand slam and a homerun, which brought them up to 7-5 in just that inning. Talk about exciting! LOL Samuel was almost beside himself with joy that "his Rangers" were pulling it out after all. They had two more homers in other innings (can't remember exactly), then in the bottom of the 9th, there was a walk-off homer (which I discovered meant that, since the other team didn't have a chance to score, the game was automatically over even though the inning wasn't over) to win the game. Samuel could tell you all the batters who hit homeruns and what inning they hit them in, but I'll spare you all that. Suffice it to say, it was a very exciting game and my prayers for a win were answered in a spectacular way!
We arrived at the park early so that Samuel could get an autograph and watching batting practice and maybe catch a ball. We didn't get there in time to watch Rangers batting practice, but we got to see all of the A's practice. Samuel and Beth went down on a lower level (you didn't think we had seats at ground level, did you?!) to try to catch a ball if one came over. We did have seats on the homerun porch, just on a higher level. While they were down there, I had Andrew go over and take a picture of the big sign with the US and Texas flags on it. As he was taking the pictures, a ball landed at his feet! This boy is a baseball magnet. When he was just a few weeks old, a softball landed in his playpen at a church activity, just inches from his head. Then last week he has his back turned to the field, paying no attention whatsoever to the batting practice on the field, and a ball lands at his feet. He looked down and there it was. Samuel was amazed. He tried and tried to catch a ball, and Andrew has one land in front of him. Andrew gave him the ball, which was pretty nice.
I had forgotten how much a person can sweat in the Texas heat. At game time, 7:05, it was still 91 degrees, but we were at least in the shade. When we left the park at 10:30, it was still 86 degrees! We all took showers that night before we went to bed. Wes and I were zapped. We slept very well that night!
So that's our baseball game for the year. It was definitely worth it for us to go to this game. We all loved it. Especially Samuel.