I used to think October was the best month of the year. Razorback football in the Ozarks, cooler weather, and the onset of fall foliage combined to make it my favorite.
Then I started turkey hunting.
The marriage of time spent with my dad turkey hunting and the opening of Major League Baseball Season did in October.
Sign my up for April, especially the first two weeks -- best time of the year!
Today, in the Palace just west of Dallas, the 2009 version of the Texas Rangers tee it up against Cleveland and Benton boy, Cliff Lee. Don't get me wrong, I do root for the hometown hero, but not today! Here's hoping there are a lot of still photos like this one of Josh and crew going deep, inspiring Chuck Morgan and the pyrotechnics crew to re-enact the Natural.
As for the Rangers? Here's looking at an 84-78, second place finish.
Here's the view from Cambodia courtesy of my dearest friend, Dr. Rick Northen aboard the Partners in Progress Ship of Life.
"Tomorrow is an exciting day for me. Anyone who is a baseball fan gets excited about the opening day of Major League Baseball! My beloved team the Texas Rangers play their first game of the 2009 season tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. CST. Boy would I like to be there to watch it! Maybe someday there will be instant transportation from one point on earth to the next like Star Trek or something. But now it would take me too long to come and go so I will simply wait for the results.
I told Gail today that I sure wished God was a Rangers fan. I asked her and she said it was not irreligious to wish this. He cares about little things like sparrows...and baseball I am sure. If He was a Rangers fan we would win all 162 games, I guess. We would never have to worry going into the bottom of the 9th down by 10 runs even with two outs and no one on base. We would come through if He wanted us to. I wouldn’t even mind an occasional loss unless it was to the Yankees!"
AL EAST: Red Sox
AL CENTRAL: Twins
AL WEST: Angels
AL WILD CARD: White Sox
NL EAST: Mets
NL CENTRAL: Cubs
NL WEST: D-Backs
NL WILD CARD: Giants
AL CHAMP: White Sox
NL CHAMP: Cubs
WORLD SERIES CHAMP: Cubs win a Windy City Shootout.