Friday, October 28, 2011

Breaking the Silence

I haven't blogged in a long time.  I've been busy.  Sometimes too busy to blog, other times busy enough to tell myself I don't have time.

Either way, today I break the silence on my blog.

I'm generally a deep sleeper, but this morning I heard an alarm go off at exactly 5:20am.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

I don't move.

Another alarm coming from across the room goes off.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

I don't move.

The alarm on my phone, which is right next to me, starts going off.  I hear it.

My final alarm goes off.  This one, instead of a beep, plays a radio station loudly.

I continue to lay there.

This goes on for about 20 minutes until I decide I should get up and do something about it.  I didn't want to.  I didn't want to wake up and deal with the aftermath of last night.

I so very much love baseball.  It's merely a coincidence that I live in the DFW area.  So, based on my proximity to The Ballpark, I am a Rangers fan.  I suppose that if I lived in Baltimore, I would love the O's.  Colorado, the Rockies.  You get the point.  Make no mistake about it though, I pour many hours into cheering on my beloved Rangers, whether at The Ballpark or on TV, against any foe.

This team surprised us all, and I do mean all of us, by making it to the World Series last year.  It was so glorious, beating the evil Yankees to get there.  Though the Giants won in 5 games, beating the Yankees was our mountain top... Last Year.

This year we want more.  We want to win the World Series.  They just don't hand out World Series rings, they're more elusive than that.  To get to the World Series in consecutive years is a feat on it's own.  For this franchise to force a team to an elimination game in the World Series is a whole new thing for those of us who have lived through the bad years. 

Last night was an elimination game for the Cardinals.  Their backs were up against the wall.  Much to the chagrin of Cardinals fans, in the bottom of the 9th they were only a strike away from being eliminated. 

But, World Series rings are more elusive than that.

Then, it was destiny... Josh Hamilton, the real life Roy Hobbs, hits a two-run Home Run in the 10th inning of Game 6.  He's been hurt for most of the playoffs, playing with a hurt groin.  But, in the 10th inning, he put his team and this fanbase on his back and with a swing of the bat said, "I've got this."

But, World Series rings are more elusive than that.

I won't continue on with a description of the events in the bottom of the 10th or the 11th inning.  I'll just say that we play again in less than 3 hours.

I've had a day full of mind-racing, trying to figure out how that happened last night.  I've been pretty speechless, until now.  Here it is...

I love baseball, now I need baseball to love me back.  "It's Time."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Uganda

Thursday, June 17 (written about lunch time)
I just woke up from four hours of sleep/listening to two of the other three guys in this room snore all night (one saws logs, the other one saws complete forests).  I need some sleep.  Late last night we flew into Entebbe, Uganda.  While we were still at the airport in Entebbe I realized quickly that they do things a little differently than in the US.  What tipped me off was the big African guy wearing a military uniform and carrying a loaded automatic rifle standing in the terminal telling us we needed to hurry up and move it along.  Yes sir.  After the airport & airplane experience, all I wanted to do was sleep.  I wasn't able to, hopefully tonight.  This morning we began our bus trip to Tanzania.  Breakfast was great, the morning "Call to Worship" by the Muslims--not so much.
Our room in the Emmaus Guest House, Kampala, Uganda
The Emmaus Guest House, taken the following morning
Loading up after the first night to head to Tanzania
 You can see it on TV, or read about it in National Geographic but until you see poverty like this in person, you're in for a culture shock.  All I saw for miles and miles [on the drive from the airport to our guest house] was people who have nothing.
We got to see the people of Uganda today.  I bet ninety-nine percent of them are destitute.  It seems that none of them have a nice thing to call their own.  They put three people on a motorcycle that barely holds one person, or pile seven people into a compact car designed for four.  Some of the people seem friendly, but that guy pointing his finger and saying things with an angry look on his face wasn't.  Those who ride motorcycles around here are brave.  They weave in and out of traffic with reckless abandonment.  It's crazy.

We stopped, while still in Uganda, at the equator.  That was really cool.  My favorite part of the stop was this really cute kid who looked like having his picture taken.  There were a few shops there and I found a few things worth getting: A necklace with the Ugandan colors, a coaster set that is hand-painted with different animals, and some kind of stone that was cut into an interesting shape.  I forgot what it's called, but I know the lady said it was a "love" something or other.
Some random guy.
This kid liked having his picture taken.

The other side of the road from where we were, interesting view.
Not too long after leaving the Equator, we stopped for lunch.
It left something to be desired.
Sarah ordered Fish & Chips, that's what she got!
I assumed the chicken I ordered would come with fries.  It didn't.  Nor did it come with chicken on the bones!  I think I got maybe three full bites of chicken from that huge chunk of bones.  Oh well, the waitress got me fries and a cold Coke!
Getting nearer and nearer

Somewhere on the drive to Kayanga
Same day-6:20 PM
We finally arrived in Kayanga, Karagwe, Tanzania, forty-eight hours after I left home.  I'm guessing, but I think our team has covered somewhere around 8500 miles.  That's quite a trek in forty-eight hours.  Update on our missing team members, they should be joining us in the next couple days!  Praise God!  I was so worried they wouldn't make it, and I'm so happy they are!
Unloading, finally!

Billy and Elias getting reacquainted (Billy came last year)
The people here in Kayanga seem very friendly.  It seems that they are happy to have us.  We got off the paved road a long time ago.  I'm surprised that there is a town such as this so far out in the woods.  Though it is a small town, they have as many things as the larger towns do.  This doesn't mean that they have the conveniences that we have in the US.

Tristan and his new buddy

Raegan and a few of the kids we would come to see regularly
Readying for our first night in our temporary home.

 To be continued...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Leavin' On A Jet Plane

It's been too long since I blogged, I'm very disappointed in myself.  I'm grounded.
For however many days it takes, I'm going to be blogging my entire experience from the mission trip greatest thing I've ever done.  I wrote a journal daily while I was on the trip.  I am going to record everything from that journal, verbatim, here.  I hope that if you read it, you feel like you were there.

Wednesday, June 15
I got to the airport early.  I always like being early, it's better than being late.  I expected to be able to check-in, check my luggage, go into the terminal and have time to relax.  Perhaps a nap, maybe explore the terminal even.  However, when I got there I was confused because I couldn't even find the airline's counter that I was supposed to be checking into.  If you fly American Airlines out of DFW, you don't have that problem, check-in whenever you please.  I supposed that flying Royal Dutch Airlines explains some...
I hung around the area that I was told I would be checking in.  Within a few minutes a girl came out from behind some wall and began setting up their "counter."  It wasn't too long before I was able to check in.  I went inside the terminal, ate, wandered around, and had a saleman try to convince me that I need $200 headphones--I don't think so.
Within an hour the majority of our group had shown up.  We were able to board without any problems and began our journey.
Ten long and cramped hours later our flight landed in Amsterdam.  Up to the point of boarding that flight the longest plane ride I had experienced was three and a half hours.  TEN HOURS?!?!  That is pure madness.  Our layover in Amsterdam was a couple hours long.  Therefore no time to venture out of the airport.
Though our stay in Amsterdam was short, trouble was able to find us there.  Somewhere between boarding in Dallas and standing in line to board in Amsterdam, one of our team members misplaced her passport.  She and the people who were sitting next to her searched through their bags, but it was to no avail.  After trying to see if it had been found somewhere, and finding out that she couldn't travel at all, Scott (leader of our trip) and his wife Leslie decided to stay with her.  They are going to have to go to the United States Embassy there in Amsterdam to straighten it out.  I have no idea when we will hear something, hopefully they're able to join us.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Reliance

I subscribe to the blog of someone on a life-changing mission trip (though I hear they all are, I'll soon find out!!).  This particular adventure takes them to eleven countries in eleven months.  It's very interesting to read about and see pictures from the places these people go.  It also helps me to  appreciate the material things that the majority of us take for granted.  I was just reading from a recent post in this blog and felt the need to share an excerpt.  Enjoy.

"I can't believe that we are actually in India. This is exactly what I pictured when I thought of the World Race. We have been spoiled for the last 4 months, well as spoiled as missionaries in 3rd world countries can be. To be honest, India was the country I least wanted to go to. At training camp when I heard there were some changes in our route I was hoping India would be taken off our list. I was the one who prayed that our India visas would be declined. But God called us to India so here we are. And now being here I'm looking forward to it. I imagine that this country will have me totally relying on God, and that now excites me."
SOURCE

"Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always." 1 Chronicles 16:11

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rabboni

I won't bless you with the earlier pic.  You're welcome.
I'm typing with one less thumb.  I am already having problems because I generally use that specific thumb for the space bar... This isn't going well!


I feel very passionate about what I'm going to write.  Some of this I wrote in a journal a little while back, and I'm sure more will come to me as I'm typing.

We all know Jesus was crucified and that he rose from the dead.  After His resurrection he appeared to Mary Magdalene who was weeping at His tomb.  I want to stop there because that's where the scripture begins to grab me.


John 20
15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying?  Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).NIV

I have to stop reading there.  When I read over those verses in church one Sunday night, I started to get emotional.  I felt what Mary Magdalene was felt.  I'm sure that throughout my years in church I'd read over that before, but never had I felt emotions like I did the other night.  She thought he was dead and only wished that He have a proper burial.  I got a little emotional, but I'm sure it was nothing compared to when she looked up and HE was standing there.  I can only imagine.  Her Teacher, her Savior, and her Lord.  The way I imagine it is that she screamed and cried all at the same time with a passion and intensity that I may never know.  Could you imagine thinking that someone you hold dearly in your heart had died, then three days later, they show up at your doorstep?  Well compound that by any large number of your choosing.  Not only did Mary love our Lord Jesus, but he died for her sins.  And my sins.  And your sins.  This is a powerful moment.  I can't express through my writing how she must've felt.  Very powerful.  I think the most significant thing we can do with our life on earth is given to us in the last sentence of verse 16.  "She turned toward Him..."

Last weekend...

was great.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Here's the Thing

I don't really know who this is aimed towards, but I feel the need to vent.

The majority of people who found out last night or this morning about Osama bin Laden's death were overjoyed.  But, there were people who are not overjoyed.  They're not at all happy about it.  They wish the United States had let him live peacefully in his house with no electricity or phone lines.  Love, not war.    I mean come on, he's not hurting anyone, right?

Sorry, I have a huge problem with that.

Here's the thing...

I wish the United States had found him after the 1993 attack of the World Trade Center (I say 'after' because he wasn't on their radar before the attack).  I think that loved ones of the lost since would agree.

Hypothetically, if Osama were taken out after the 1993 attack, some of these things would not have happened:

November 13, 1995: A car bomb explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of a building of the Saudi National Guard where US military advisers work. Five US soldiers and two Indian nationals are killed. 
June 25, 1996: A truck bomb at a US military base in Dhahran, in Saudi Arabia, kills 19 US nationals and wounds 386. 
August 7, 1998: Near-simultaneous bomb attacks against US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam kill 224 people, most of them Africans, and injure over 5000.
October 12, 2000: A suicide attack on the destroyer USS Cole, one of the most modern ships in the United States' arsenal, kills 17 US Marines and injures 38 in the Yemeni port of Aden. 
September 11, 2001: Two hijacked US airliners crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, which burn and collapse shortly afterwards. A third hijacked plane crashes into the Pentagon outside Washington, while a fourth comes down in rural Pennsylvania. The attacks kill around 3000 people in all.
April 11, 2002: A suicide truck bombing at a synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba kills 21 people, including 14 Germans.
October 12, 2002: Bombings on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali kill 202 people, many of them Australians. The attacks are carried out by Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian extremist group inspired by al-Qa'ida.
May 12, 2003: A triple suicide attack on a residential complex in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia kills 35 people, amongst them nine Americans.
May 16, 2003: Five almost simultaneous bombs explode in restaurants and hotels frequented by foreigners in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, killing more than 30 people.
November 15 and 20, 2003: A Turkish cell of al-Qa'ida sets off truck bombs at two synagogues, the British consulate and a British bank in Istanbul, killing 63 people, including the British consul, and leaving hundreds injured.
March 2, 2004: Around 180 people are killed in a series of attacks on pilgrims in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Karbala.
March 11, 2004: Four commuter trains in and around Madrid are hit by explosions that kill 191 people and injure around 2,000 during morning rush hour in an attack authorities said was inspired by al-Qa'ida.
July 7, 2005: Four British Muslim suicide bombers detonate devices on London's public transport system, killing 56 people as they destroy underground trains and a double-decker bus.
July 23, 2005: A series of suicide bombings hit the Egyptian tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 68 people.
November 9, 2005: Three suicide attacks on hotels in the Jordanian capital of Amman claim 60 lives.
April 24, 2006: Twenty people are killed and 90 injured as suicide bombers hit the Egyptian coastal resort of Dahab.
August 14, 2007: More than 400 people are killed when four truck bombs explode in northern Iraq in an attack US authorities link to al-Qa'ida.
December 11, 2007: Two suicide blasts in Algiers kill at least 41 people, including 18 UN staffers, three of them foreign nationals. The attacks are claimed by the Maghreb branch of Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida network.
September 17, 2008: An attack on the US embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, kills 16 people.
September 20, 2008: A huge explosion brings down a large section of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, killing at least 60 people.
December 25, 2008: A Nigerian man is arrested after a failed attempt to detonate a bomb on board a flight between Amsterdam and Detroit.
November 24, 2010: A suicide car bomber kills 23 Shiites at a religious procession in Yemen, an attack linked to al-Qa'ida.
SOURCE

It's not outlandish to think that some of these things would have still happened.  However, it's feasible to think that some of these would never have happened, lives would have been saved.

This isn't a "hindsight's 20/20" diatribe.  I'm thinking more of the future.  How many United States citizens did Navy Seal Team 6 save on Sunday?  Scratch that.  How many lives across the world did Navy Seal Team 6 save on Sunday?  How many more attacks would bin Laden have authored?  I don't think al-Qa'ida will rest now that their leader is deceased, I believe there will be retaliation.  But, this is a huge blow to their organization.

It's sad, really, that he is going to "ROT IN HELL!" as the front page of the New York Daily News so lovingly reads.  He's not enjoying whatever number of virgins he was promised.  He's not hanging out in AllahLand, or wherever they're supposed to be going.  He never found Jesus, and that is truly sad.

Was it really a good thing that David took out Goliath?  I think so.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Preciousness

Last night I went to my cousin Brandon's house, where he lives with his wife Britta and their two girls Kylee and Dakota.  Several people were there, including my Dad, Step-Mom, and my nephew Devlin.  Brandon cooked on the grill and after the kids' plates were made, Britta went outside to find Devlin initiating a blessing over their food:

I love this picture.
"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, "'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise'?" - Matthew 21:16

Friday, April 29, 2011

Show & Tell

It's been almost two weeks since I last updated my blog!  I hate that!  I don't have a lot of time to put one together right now, but I have some thoughts twisting around in my head for one coming up.

Here are some pictures that recap my last two weeks.  I only took a few of these, the rest I stole borrowed from online sources.  Sorry it's so short, I've been busy--life happens!

This is my work truck.  The oversize load led to...
Apparently I didn't have the correct permit with me (we do have a permit for oversize), so I was cited
This was a bad day... to say the least. But, no one was hurt! Also, wasn't my fault.
I love it when they wear red!! Absolutely love it!!
Me and Alana (great friend of mine) at our first Rangers game!
In case you don't recognize the significance, let me refer you to the commercialized version below...
Easter!
You've been warned!!
I didn't take this, but I wish I had.  Then again, I'm glad I didn't!


Oh how I love your Law!  It is my meditation all the day! - Psalm 119:97

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tentative Scheduling

Tonight my beloved Texas Rangers played the hated Yankees.  And they won!!  Woohoo!!  It was also Jackie Robinson Day, which I particularly love every year.  Jackie Robinson played second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers (that's why I wear a Brooklyn Dodgers cap sometimes), just as Ian Kinsler does for the Rangers.  Kinsler wears his pants up high and shows a lot of sock in his uniform because that's how Jackie Robinson did it.  Very cool.

I would have loved to have seen the Yankees lose in a growing rivalry with the Rangers, however I had a meeting with the rest of the Tanzania Mission Trip team.  The game was definitely worth missing, I had such a great time tonight getting to meet everyone!  I met a lot of people and I hope I can learn all their names... Mix a horrible memory with a lot of new faces and they'll be lucky if I guess a gender-correct name!

Tonight in the meeting we discussed the our day-to-day schedule for the duration of the trip.  To be safe, Scott said we should arrive at the airport three hours before our flight.  I'd be surprised if I'm not there four or five hours before takeoff.  I love airports.  They have an excited energy that you can't see anywhere else.  There are people coming and going.  Some leaving loved ones and others greeting those they haven't seen in years.  I love it.  I could sit in a terminal and people-watch all day.  We depart June 15 from DFW and fly to Amsterdam.
DFW Airport (International Terminal)


We will have about a two hour layover in Amsterdam.  I was kinda hoping for a longer one, but that's ok.  After boarding for Africa we fly to Entebbe, Uganda then bus to a Guest House in Kampala.
Emmaus Guest House
The following day (Friday), we travel to Karagwe.  Karagwe is a region in Northwest Tanzania, I put arrows on the map to indicate the general area.
Karagwe, Tanzania
The group will be staying at the Lutheran Guest House from June 17 to June 28.  I tried, to no avail, to find a picture of this house.  That's ok, I bet I come back with one!  By the time we arrive at the Lutheran Guest House, we will have been traveling, save for one night's sleep, almost non stop for two full days.  We will use Saturday as a day for R&R and to meet with translators and plan our week.

Sunday we will be divided into two teams and visit churches and give our testimonies.  The pastors that are going will be preaching as well.  I hope they've been studying their Swahili! (I'm kidding... That's what the translators are there for).

The rest of the week will include a Leadership Conference and visiting schools, villages and lead Revival services.  We will be doing other things, but I'm not real sure what those things are yet.

Monday, June 27, we are to travel three hours to Bukoba.  Here we will shop, relax, and cross Lake Victoria.  If you will refer to the above map, the top right arrow is in the middle of Lake Victoria.  Bukoba is on the West side of the lake, South of the Uganda border.  Tuesday through Thursday consist of a Safari in the Serengeti.  Check out the link, it's really cool.  I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda looking forward to this.  I'm not into game hunting so I hope I don't see any of that.  It's just not my thing.  However, I think I could stand to see a "cheetah take down a gazelle" (with a British guy narrating like on the National Geographic Channel).

On Thursday we depart from Kilimanjaro for Amsterdam.  A three hour layover this time, then home to bring in the new month.

It's been a long day, good night!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Dash

January 30, 1882-April 12, 1945
What is the most significant thing about the two dates listed above?  It's the dash between the dates.  The dates on either side of the dash are significant because they are when Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and when he died.  This isn't a about President Roosevelt, I just decided to use him as an example.  The dash between the dates represent everything he did in life, therefore it is most important.  After your death has come and gone, what's your dash going to represent?  You only get one dash, so you better make it worthwhile!

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." James 4:14

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grandpa

Robert Eugene Meyer

May 7, 1930 - March 14, 2011



Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. - Matthew 5:4

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rollin' Rangers!

Sometimes things happen and after immediate diagnosis, seem to be a bad thing. However, God has his eye on everything. Last night and leading into this morning is definitely one of those times.

Little Sister stayed a couple nights at my house early this week because Mom went to Arizona for Grandpa's funeral services (this may seem like random information, but it's vital to this story).

I went to another Rangers (who are 4-0!!) game yesterday. You're shocked, I know. Haha. I typically don't go to weekday games because I get up so early. But, last night the team was giving away replica American League Championship rings... I had to have one! I had a great time at the game! I met a Twitter friend, Rachel, which was awesome!

I got home about 1130ish and got into bed about midnight.  I set TWO alarms for 4am.  About 730 this morning I woke up and noticed sunlight outside.  That's not good.  If I wake up and there's sunlight, I've done something wrong!  I have no idea if my alarms even went off.  So I got up, called my boss and told him I'd just woken up.  He wasn't mad.  But he did call me the name of the guy who was just fired because he couldn't show up on time... Now I'm THAT guy.  I went into the other bedroom in my house to make sure Little Sister has already gone to school.  Still asleep! I woke her up and asked if she has to go to school.  She started flippin' out.  She got up and called a friend for a ride and was able to make it to school on time.

Let's think about it.  If I hadn't gone to a game last night I wouldn't have overslept this morning.  If I hadn't overslept this morning, Little Sister would've missed school altogether.  Her attending class is a lot more important than me making it to work.  Moral of the story: God works in mysterious ways.


Rudolph (I got the red nose Sunday at the game) & Rachel

The rings they gave out were a LOT nicer than I had imagined they would be. I guess this is pewter? I don't know. I know it fits my pinky finger. So now I have pinky jewelry!
The new bling!
Derek Holland pitched last night.  This guy has good stuff, he's just gotta keep his cool on the mound.  I think he lets his emotions get the best of him when he gets into a little trouble.  Derek did pretty well last night, can't wait to see how he follows last night's performance.
Lefties do it right!
Josh getting ready to let loose on that poor, unsuspecting baseball!
Elvis hit his first HR last night since the '09 season!
O'Daaay! O'Day O'Day O'Day!!
Sidearm! That just looks like it hurts!
Feliz came in to seal the 'W'
I'm making this guy's walk-up music my ringtone-wicked awesome!
This guy thought he had a chance! Ha!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, April 3, 2011

First game (this year)

Today I went to my first game of the season.  It was so awesome.  I had been anticipating this moment since the Giants closed out the 2010 season here.  What made it even better is that the Red Sox have been picked by very many to make & win the World Series this year.  Well... My beloved Texas Rangers have something to say about that...

My first pic - Home Sweet Home


Matt Harrison was DEALING!!

The new HD video board - Robin Venture takin one to the face from Nolan Ryan is wicked awesome in HD.

Between the Coke bottles is a new HD video board.  But, the Texas Flags is what I wanted to capture most here.

Feliz - doin' his thang!

Three up, three down.  Bring on Seattle.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord - Romans 12:11

Friday, March 25, 2011

se7en...

...days until CJ takes the mound versus the Red Sox.

I intended to write a blog about faith AND baseball.  However, I've been leaving out the baseball part.  I can't resist anymore.  I need baseball.  The world needs baseball.  I personally am tired of all the bickering about the NFL owners and their money, the players and their money, and how they can't agree on who needs a bigger piece of the pie.  I'm not in the position to discuss any of it.  If you have a comment about it, keep it to yourself.  I don't care.  Baseball, that's where it's at!


Apparently a couple days ago the Rangers decided on their rotation for Opening Day.  It was set with CJ, Lewis, Hunter, Holland & Harrison.  After reading about it, I loved it.  Good solid choices.  Then only hours later Hunter had to go and pull a groin.  Great... So, he'll start the year on the disabled list.  Again.  To be quite honest, it worked out for him last year--he had a great year, but I want him to do that from day 1.  We've had several candidates vying for a spot in the rotation, that's a good problem to have.  They may not all be aces like a particular National League team I know of, but the Rangers are definitely in a better position that some teams.  CJ, obviously is our frontrunner to have a standout season.  Last year he really stepped it up and proved what he said he could do--be a winner.  Lewis, I hadn't heard too much out of them this off-season, not a bad thing.  Last year he proved that he is a quality starting pitchers-again, no ace-but no shame in having him.  This is a crucial year for Lewis to prove that what he learned in Japan wasn't a fluke.  It's a contract year and he could be looking at a very nice contract next year if he repeats last year's success.  As for Holland, save for the meltdown vs the Giants (pull the guy, he can't throw a strike!!!!!!), I think he's getting better, he has to keep his cool when out on the mound.  He's had a good Spring, roughed up a little, but shown very good stuff.  Feliz.  Happy thoughts to say the least.  Should he start?  Should he close?  Another good problem to have.  I don't think we can undermine the value of a quality closer.  I know we need five quality starters, but if we can fill the spots with guys who've shown they have the ability, put Feliz back in the 'pen!  I honestly don't know, but did the Yankees have the same deliberations with Rivera in the mid-'90s?  Certainly worked out for him either way.


I wish I could say I've kept up with every little thing the Rangers have done this Spring.  I can't, I've been busy myself.  After Opening Day, expect a fully functioning baseball addict to be doing more baseball blogs!

"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." - Mark 9:23

Friday, March 18, 2011

Finally Friday...

Here are a couple pictures from my Baptism, which was on Sunday:

(I would like to thank Mom for awesome photography)


I haven't had much of a chance this week to work on a blog, or sleep, or watch TV, or keep up with my Twitter friends, and sometimes eat.  But hopefully next week will be better!  I'm on Spring Break tomorrow (I only have classes on Saturdays), and I'm turning off my phones.  I haven't slept in since... Um... Well, you get the picture.