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    March 31, 2014

    Live Blog - Phillies 14 Rangers 10

    Hello everybody, from The Ballpark With the New Name. We're here at Rangers Opening Day, and will be documenting the thrills, the spills, and the silliness. Apologies for any mistakes - your live blogger is British, and thus totally unfit to document America's national pastime, no matter how much he ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Here Are the Best Team-Specific Bars in Dallas to Watch Football

    The NFL season officially kicks off tonight and because football is like a bowl of queso, it brings together huddled masses, we've pulled together a list of restaurants and bars around the Dallas area where fans of all shapes, sizes and colors conglomerate (or coagulate if you like the queso analogy ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

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    February 18, 2013

    Josh Hamilton Continues to Troll Us Mercilessly, Says Dallas Isn't a Baseball Town

    We tried not to hold it against Josh Hamilton for his occasional trip to Sherlock's, his ridiculous energy drink addiction, his snooze-worthy line of Christian clothing, and last year's collapse. And while that bungled fly ball -- you know the one -- was hard to forgive, that didn't change the fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    All-Star Ballpark Food From Around the Country

    Searching for photos of amazing ballpark food is like a self-inflicted wound. At the end of it all, I'm overwhelmed with the pain I've caused myself. Thanks to everyone's inclination to take pictures of food they eat, here's an ode to great ballpark food. (With one caveat: no hotdogs. That's a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2012

    How Jimmy's Conquered Dallas

    How did a humble neighborhood bodega become the city's sausage king? With a recipe restaurants couldn't resist.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Albert Pujols Better Than Joltin' Joe? Say It Ain't So!: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Preview and Game 1 Open Thread

    Texas RangersGives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, doesn't it?​It's finally here. Pinch yourself. Your Texas Rangers are back in the World Series, and this time feels much different than last year's playoff run. There's a confidence flowing through my body that just wasn't there before, a ... More >>

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    October 15, 2011

    The Power of Plan B: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    ​Not so long ago, Minnesota Twins backstop Joe Mauer was the consensus pick as baseball's best catcher. But the 2009 American League MVP, four-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and .323 career hitter had another injury-plagued season in 2011 (missing significant time for "leg weaknes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2011

    Verlander, Smerlander: ALCS Preview and Rangers-Tigers Game 1 Open Thread

    [Editor's note: At the request of a few regulars, we're going with a rare weekend-night open thread to celebrate the Rangers' second straight appearance in the American League Championship Series. Will we do this again tomorrow? Hard to say. Let's see how tonight goes. I'll be in and out, but tonigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Time For Y'all to Admit It: C.J. Wilson is a Bona Fide Ace

    ​No doubt Kenny Rogers is the Rangers' best all-time left-handed pitcher. But is C.J. Wilson already No. 2? He further helped his cause Tuesday night in Tampa, somehow resisting his stupid, "instinctive" urge to bare-hand comebackers long enough to shut out the Rays in a complete-game, 8-0 v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Rangers-Angels Take Baseball's Center Stage. Or at Least They Should.

    ​There are only two division races in baseball. And only one with playoff implications. As we play the regular season's final month the Tigers, Phillies, Brewers and Braves each have leads of at least 7 games with only 20 remaining. In the AL East the Yankees lead the Red Sox by 2.5, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Rangers Take Another Step Toward Peaking ... and October

    ​Seven games up with 38 games remaining. Magic number down to 32 (smallest in baseball along with the Brewers and Phillies). Three of the first four in the bag already in Anaheim, with a chance to sweep tonight. For those of us who make a living bitchin' and moanin' about this or that with ... More >>

  • News

    August 4, 2011

    Hook, Line and Stinker: The Cowboys' Catch and Release of Nnamdi Asomugha

    After an epic swing and miss at the NFL's No. 1 free agent, the Cowboys are off and crawling at training camp.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    For the First Time in a Long Time, We'll Recognize the Texas Rangers

    Together again​A day short of six weeks after breaking his arm, Josh Hamilton is back. So is Nelson Cruz. And with them, will the Rangers welcome the return of their offense? After a weekend in Philly in which they were outscored only 5-4 over 27 innings of, let's face it, boring base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    With Josh Hamilton and Cliff Lee Looming, the Rangers are Somehow Surviving

    ​Adrian Beltre got the big hit. Ian Kinsler made the defensive play. And, in a first, Mark Lowe salvaged what Neftali Feliz ruined. The Rangers beat the Royals in extras last night and -- pending a weekend visit through Cliff Lee and the formidable Phillies' pitching staff -- might avoid ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    March 7, 2011

    It's Never Too Early For Spring Training Knee-Jerk Reactions

    Photo by Sam MertenIan Kinsler could be gearing up for a career year.​You hear it every year around this time: Spring training stats are meaningless. And, sure, while that can be true for guys like Doug Deeds -- the 29-year-old career minor leaguer who's hitting .357 with two homers and four RBI f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Texas Rangers' Pitching Staff: No. 3 in the AL West

    ​I fully admit it, at the end of last season I was calling for C.J. Wilson to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Considering the way he'd pitched all year and the way Cliff Lee had struggled at times it made sense. Turns out both pretty pitched damn skippy in the playof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Very Cool Move by Your Texas Rangers

    ​No, they didn't sign Josh Hamilton long-term or acquire Cliff Lee in a trade from the Phillies. But during last weekend's mid-winter banquet out at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine your Texas Rangers went out of their way to put a smile on the face of manager Ron Washington. During Hurricane K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    The Next Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys Will Be ...

    ​Garrett Top. Unless of course, Jason Garrett pulls a Cliff Lee and spurns the metroplex. Make no mistake, the Dallas Cowboys' interim head coach is suddenly a hot commodity as other NFL teams' permanent head coach. In the wake of a 5-3 second half he has some real leverage now. How's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Ten Items Worth a Look-See: Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers and Fox News Pundit Says Michael Vick "Should Have Been Executed"

    The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.​10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    December 23, 2010

    Dear Santa: Please Put a World Series MVP Under the Tree. Pretty Please?

    Matt Garza's widely considered to be the best starter available, but could a better pitcher be had for the right price?​It's almost Christmas, and the Texas Rangers haven't done anything to address the hole in the rotation left behind when Cliff Lee signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Closing the Book on Cliff Lee, Who Would Have Loved Texas For the Right Price

    Sam MertenAdios, Cliff. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.​I know. I know. You're tired of hearing about Cliff Lee. He's a goner, and it's not like the Rangers didn't do their best to keep him here. Actually, I'd say Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg did too much in their attemp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Cliff Lee Shuns Rangers, Shocks Yankees and Signs With Phillies

    The Phillies?! Now Rangers fans don't even get a chance to boo him.​The good news: Your Texas Rangers didn't lose Cliff Lee to the New York Yankees. The bad/horrible/devastating news: Your Texas Rangers lost Cliff Lee. To the Philadelphia Phillies?! We heard persistent whispers all through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    So It Was About the Money: Texas Rangers Execs Say Cliff Lee Would Have Stayed in Arlington For More Years and Dough

    Sam MertenJon Daniels and Chuck Greenberg celebrate the Rangers' first playoff berth in more than a decade.​The Rangers had a chance to re-sign Cliff Lee, but his demand for more money and years than Texas was willing to offer resulted in his decision to return instead to the Philadelphia Phil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Rangers and Yanks Both Lose Cliff Lee Sweepstakes as Southpaw Heads Back to Philly

    Sam MertenThanks for the memories, Cliff.​After much procrastination, former Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee has decided to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeting that the deal is for five years and approximately $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Werth It? Doing the Rangers' Math as Fat Contracts Swirl Around MLB Winter Meetings.

    Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?​Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    The Case Against Cliff Lee

    ​Whether free agent Cliff Lee chooses to re-sign with the Rangers because of Arlington's proximity to his Arkansas home or bolts to New York for the extra dough, his decision undoubtedly shapes the future of both teams significantly. Yet in all that's been said and written about Lee, rarely do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    You Like the Texas Rangers More than Las Vegas

    ​Witnessed lots of folks outside Rangers Ballpark last night who believe in their baseball team. The Rangers Rally was a warm hug on a chilly night and the theory goes like this: The present belongs to the San Francisco Giants, but the future belongs to the Texas Rangers. You buyin' it? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    2010 World Series - Rangers v. Giants: Texas is the Favorite. And Deservedly So.

    ​It's 1972 vs. 1958. It's also, unless I'm seeing something terribly wrong and homerish, a clear advantage for your Texas Rangers over the San Francisco Giants. Right? The Rangers, born in '72, have never been to the World Series. The Giants have been here three times since moving from N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Free Energy, Foxy Shazam and Hollerado at The Loft

    Free Energy, Foxy Shazam and HolleradoThe LoftOctober 22, 2010Better than: listening to politicians try to inspire hope with the upcoming elections.Free Energy​Philadelphia-based power-pop group Free Energy has been climbing very fast since their March 2010 debut album Stuck on Nothing, a critical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.22.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:*Roger Staubach to Tony Hill to beat the Redskins in '79. Alvin Harper running free against the 49ers to clinch the NFC Championship Game in '92. Dirk Nowitzki's long 3-pointer to secure Game 2 of ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    The Nodding Donkey Plays Long Ball

    Photos by Jose Ralat Maldanado​A week-long soft opening is the way to go when you want to draw in the crowds, at least that's what State & Allen Lounge owners Jonathan Calabrese and Anthony Winkler bet on -- and won -- with their the new Texas-themed sports bar, The Nodding Donkey. At the corn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Cliff Lee, Where Have You Gone?

    ​More importantly, you ever coming back? I said yesterday I'd give the playoff ball to C.J. Wilson over Cliff Lee. Saw nothing in last night's 10-9 loss to Kansas City Royals that changed my mind. You? Thought I'd never write this: The Texas Rangers lost a game started by Clif ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.27.10

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *By no means am I an alarmist, but we need to see something positive from the Cowboys' first-team offense Saturday night in Houston. One long drive that ends in a touchdown. That's all. Give me that ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Fat Lady May Be Warming Up, But Rangers Haven't Won The West ... Yet

    ​I'll say it, Texas Rangers' fever is at an all-time high. Sunday night's 6-4 win improved Tommy Hunter to 8-0, allowed the Rangers to win three of four from the Anaheim Angels and pushed their lead to seven games with 63 remaining. More than 160,000 fans went to Arlington Thursday-Sunday. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    With a 22-Game Taste, Let's Circle the Bases: Last-Place Rangers Have First-Place Potential

    Ian Kinsler makes his season debut tonight against the Mariners and lefthander Cliff Lee, who's also making his first appearance of the year. ​While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has cryptically blamed the refs yet again for his team's fourth first-round exit from the playoffs in the last seven y ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Whitt's End: 11.6.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Haven't received a return call all week from Greg Williams, which is weird if not troubling. Something's up. Maybe he's merely at his vacation condo in Colorado and temporarily out of pocket. Or m ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.01.09

    And then one day, just to keep his readers on their toes, the demented blogger stood Whitt's End on its head ... *For those inclined toward auditory masochism, I'll again be the analyst for Time Warner Cable/Metro Sports Channel 185's upcoming telecasts of the Texas Brahmas minor-league hockey ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Take It Easy On Lupe. And: EARTHQUAKE!

    Sam Merten Still not sure what I’ll wear for Halloween, but I’ve ruled out this costume so far. The first sip: Happy Halloween -- and, speaking of, earthquakes in the DFW? Maybe Irving and Grand Prarie are going as Los Angeles this year. Me, I was thinking of dressing as Sheriff Lupe Valdez -- ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    The Texas Rangers Are in the World Series! Sort Of!

    Carlos Pena used to be ours. Now he's in the World Series without us. I know, shocking huh? Your Rangers are in the Fall Classic. Not the whole team, mind you, but a couple of Texas exes. Still can’t believe we’ll be watching the Tampa Bay Rays against the Philadelphia Phillies when the ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008

    Ask A Mexican

    Fanatics tend to be rude, no matter where they're from—except maybe St. Louis

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    January 28, 2008

    Your Texas Rangers Are Bidding on Hosting the 2015 All-Star Game

    The program from the Ballpark's sole hosting of MLB's All-Star extravaganza Spent a cold, damp, freaky foggy Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for the team’s annual mid-winter Fan Fest. Biggest news: A li'l baseball birdie told me the Rangers are in the process of officially bidding to hos ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2007

    Boy Blunder

    Is baseball's youngest general manager man enough to rebuild the Rangers?

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    August 21, 2003

    Know the Ropes

    Indoor rock climbers go over the wall

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    The Buck Starts Here

    New Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter makes the team much better. Problem is, he cant hit leadoff, play center field or pitch.

  • Culture

    January 12, 1995

    Baseball's Far Eastern Division

    Strike accelerates exodus to Japan

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