Hi today Id like to give a shout out to some of my friends and neighbors who live in Texas where I have resided since 2000, and talk about a few of the Texas sports teams.
While not my favorite baseball team I have always liked the Texas Rangers probably third behind the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox my two favorite teams. I was really happy for the Rangers when they made the World Series in 2010 and the St Louis Cardinals in 2011, but very disappointed when they lost to the Giants in 5 games in 2010 and the loss to the Cardinals in 2011 was especially tough in seven games.
The Rangers were one strike away from victory a couple times and then a ball was hit just out of the reach of then Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz which would have given them the championship. Of course a game winning homer by the Cardinals David Freese and another victory in Game 7 gave the Cardinals the world championship and broke Rangers fans hearts.
But I have been real proud of the Rangers who have played in the playoffs or a play in game the last 4 seasons.
And after a sweep of division rival Oakland this week the Rangers are back in first place in the AL West by a half game with a 14-8 record over the 13-8 Oakland A’s who have won the AL West over the Rangers the last couple years. The Rangers have struggled with some pitching issues and injuries early this season. But some new pickups in the off season, Prince Fielder who I know well from his days with the Brewers, Michael Choice who came over from the As and Sin Soo Choo who came over from the Reds have been big bats leading to the Rangers success. And the return of third baseman Adrian Beltre and pitcher Matt Harrison will continue to keep the Rangers in strong contention until players return from injury or they pick up even more help possibly towards the trading deadline at the end of July.
But it will be a fun season and I expect to see the Rangers stay in contention and I wish them well most of the time unless they play the Brewers or Red Sox.
Meanwhile the eigth seeded Dallas Stars are playing really well tied 2-2 against the Anaheim Ducks who are seeded 1St and won the Presidents trophy for the best record in the National Hockey League this season. The Stars lost the first two games in Anaheim by one goal each and won the last wo games 3-0 and 4-2. It should be exciting as the teams return to Anaheim for Game 5 Friday Night, Game 6 Sunday in Dallas and a possible Game 7 in Anaheim next Tuesday. Go Stars.
Meanwhile the Dallas Mavericks who are also seeded eighth in the NBA Western Conference are playing the San Antonio Spurs my favorite team who is also seeded 1st in the West and has the NBA’s best record. The Spurs and Mavericks are tied 1-1 in their playoff series after the first two games in San Antonio. The Spurs won Game 1 90-85 and the Mavericks came back to blow out the Spurs 113-92 in Game 2. But as the series returns to San Antonio I expect a competitive series between the two Texas state and division rivals . The Spurs have four NBA Titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007) and lost the seventh game in tough fashion to the Miami Heat last year. The Dallas Mavericks won their only NBA title in 2011 also beating the Heat in 6 games. Whatever the result it should be a great and competive series the rest of the way, but I say Go Spurs! Even though I respect the Mavericks too.
Meanwhile it’s the off season for the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans and all the Texas college and high school football teams. But soon in May it will be the NFL draft and in late August/early September another football season will begin. And while Im not a fan of any particular team in this state, I do appreciate the passion of the football fans here and enjoy the excitement of the football season, both here and beyond.
So best wishes and enjoy the games and I want to give a special shout out to all my Texas sports fans, friends and neighbors. You know who you are and this is especially for you in my adopted home of Texas, the great Lone Star State.