Friday, March 25, 2011


...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.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Last Thing On My Mind... homework.  Which isn't a good thing.  I have a several page paper due tomorrow afternoon and I can't seem to get it done.  Procrastination?  Maybe.  My mind on other things like Faith & Baseball?  Absolutely. 

I woke up at 4am, turned on my radio and the first two things I hear are:
There's a horrible tsunami tearing apart Japan, and Chuck Greenberg is stepping down as CEO of my beloved Rangers.  I've prayed for those in Japan that are affected by the tsunami, that's horrible.  I hope the other coastal areas that could be affected, don't see such devastation.  I hope you'll pray for them as well.

What in the heck happened to the big happy family the Greenberg/Ryan Ownership Group was when they took over?  I, personally, thought Chuck (yea, we're on a first name basis.  I know his, he doesn't know I exist) was a great face for the franchise.  I saw him several times, in person, and on TV, in the bleacher section with the crowd.  Or in the concourse mixin it up with Rangers fans.  I haven't noticed many other CEOs who are willing to do that, he really wanted to make the Ballpark a wonderful experience for everyone who goes.  Oh well, we didn't exactly lose, having Nolan Ryan step in as CEO... I don't think I need to say anything about him.  Nolan Ryan is Texas.

God is really putting things together for me.  I've got more people who support me in my Faith than I thought.  Or maybe they just want me to send them a postcard from Tanzania (just for you Cole, I'll do it).  If I make this mission trip, it would do wonders for someone who has just kick-started his life for God (that's a good great thing!).

Meanwhile, I've got to work on this research paper.  Hope you all had a great week, have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's Like a Whole Other Country

Have you ever been to Tanzania?  Yea, me either.  It looks like I just may get to go there on a mission trip!  Last night at church Brother Reed (my pastor), who knew beforehand that I'm interested in missions, told me that he would contact the local missions director about a scholarship for the mission trips.  He explained that they are planning a trip to Tanzania and perhaps I could get in on that.  I expected to hear something, hopefully this week, and if I were lucky by Wednesday night.  Brother Reed called me today around lunch and told me he had contacted the missions director, who goes by Scott, and gave me his number.  Scott said first he wanted to know if Brother Reed would recommend me for the trip.  Scott later told me Brother Reed thinks I would be wonderful for the trip.  Scott told me over the phone that I'm lucky because the deadline for getting airline tickets for this trip is very soon.  Next would be to figure out if it's something I would be interested in.  He told me to think about it, and try and get back to him tomorrow at the latest.  I didn't need to wait until tomorrow to answer that--of course I want to go!  Now the fun part, financing it.  Scott said there is a chance that I could get help ranging from 10 to 15%.  That would be wonderful considering that cost of the trip.  However, that leaves a lot left to raise.  If anyone knows of great ways to raise money for a mission trip--PLEASE let me know!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I got off work rather early today, however I was up and working by 4 AM.  I should've had a more productive day than I have so far-oh well, extra time to type to put some thoughts out there on the internetweb (yes, that's a real word, I learned it from awesome people). Anyway...

Some people I know would call me a "baseball freak."  I tend to think/talk about baseball all the time.  When Mom says, "It's really nice outside,"  I say, "It's baseball weather."  That's the kind of things a baseball freak does.  The term "freak" generally doesn't have a negative connotation because people accept that it's normal for someone to be passionate about something.  However, when the term "Jesus Freak" comes into play, people begin to add a negative connotation, "Can't be hanging out with that guy, he's..."  Then it's not such a good thing to be on fire for something.  I wouldn't say I'm a Jesus Freak, but I'm working on it.  I'm working on being perfect in God's eyes.  I'll never achieve it, but I think He'll accept my imperfections.  I hope so anyway!

My car gets low on gas at least once a week, sometimes twice.  In order to keep from being stranded on the side of the road, I have to get gas-soon!  Sometimes I feel like my faith in God is waning, and I hate that.  The only way to rectify this situation is to find myself in a church pew.  It helps to keep me going until next time.  I certainly don't want that stranded feeling.

1 John 5:4: "for everyone born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."