Of Full Moons, Hawaii 5-0 and FanFest
“Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.”
Astronaut Neil Armstrong
The Full Wolf Moon was certainly spectacular on Wednesday night but today we salute Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on his 81st birthday. He was the second to walk in the Full Wolf Moon some 32-plus years ago.
We are also just four weeks away from the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Full Snow Moon takes place on Feb. 18, which is just about when Rangers pitchers and catchers will begin workouts in Surprise.
Doubtful that we will have snow on the White Tank Mountains to the West but they do have snow on occasion in Arizona, usually to the north of the alpine village of Surprise.
More likely Neftali Feliz will begin his quest to make the Rangers starting rotation under clear skies in the desert sunshine. All eyes though will probably be directed at Brandon Webb. No doubt his first throwing session will be watched and reported by many.
Webb is the one pitcher who is really under the gun. When it comes to the Rangers, that means a radar gun and for some inexplicable reason, alarm bells go off screaming in the desert when a pitcher doesn’t obtain Mach 2 on the radar.
Rich Harden is still shaking his head in disbelief. No wonder Jamie Moyer earned 261 of his 267 wins with somebody other than the Rangers but, 22 years later, he still holds the club record for most strikeouts in a game by a left-hander. He struck out 13 against the Blue Jays in his first start for the Rangers but had no clue why he was getting a standing ovation until catcher Jim Sundberg pointed to the Diamond Vision.
Remember when they called the video scoreboard “Diamond Vision”? JumboTron? Not sure what they’re going to call the new video board at the Ballpark. But it will be massive.
By the way, the old one is gone. As of Friday, all that is left on the roof of the Home Run Porch are the steel frames like a New York skyscraper in the early stages. But no workers having lunch on the beams 2,000 feet off the ground.
The old FanFest is gone as well. The new one starts Saturday at the Arlington Convention Center. Goes through Sunday as well. Some 30 former, current and future Rangers will be signing autographs over the two-day event plus tons and tons of neat stuff to play and experience.
Baseball meets Disneyland as it were, brought to you buy Majestic Athletics and MetroPCS. Can’t remember the name of the company that has the big advertising sign hanging from the first base entrance at the Ballpark in Arlington but think that’s for another event.
Have you heard…the Super Bowl is coming to Arlington. Not that there has been much said about it in the news or on television. Although somebody did steal a laptop that had a bunch of NFL secrets on it, a case that made front page news and required the combined efforts of the Arlington police, NCIS, FBI and Scotland Yard.
McGarrett and his team would have cracked the case in one hour, and that includes 10 minutes of commercials and 15 minutes of spectacular Hawaiian scenery. Actually like the new Dano and Chin but there was only one Jack Lord. Actually nothing gives a better feel for the old Hawaii than the classic novel From Here to Eternity.
Anyway don’t forget the Mid-Winter banquet on Friday night at the Gaylord Texan Resort with Josh Hamilton getting his Player of the Year Award and C.J. Wilson, dropping in from the Transvaal, picking up Rangers Cy Young. Apparently he was doing a safari as well as his goodwill baseball clinics, and hopefully he will be willing to relate all at some point.
But the banquet is Friday night, mama-jama FanFest is Saturday and Sunday, and the next Full Moon will usher in pitchers and catchers. Presumably Vladimir Guerrero will have a job by then as well. Probably not with the Rangers but things change in the dead of winter and the groundhog will tell you there are still four weeks of off-season left to go.
“Well, what am I? I’m a private no-class dogface. The way most civilians look at that, that’s two steps up from nothin’.”
Robert E. Lee Prewitt…From Here to Eternity