A Saturday morning in September found me standing in a large white suit with thousands of honey bees politely buzzing just inches from my face.
Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings — what’s not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?
If you're a fan of the web site Deadspin, you've been mesmerized at least once this year by Manny Ramirez and Taiwanese baseball, which seemed to have a pretty fun marriage going. But that's over now, because your Texas Rangers have signed Ramirez to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A ... More >>
Dallas wants to close the book on abstinence-only education. Texas keeps getting in the way.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before Texas politicians, still on a high from their glorious victory over the evil, job-killing dunes sagebrush lizard, turned their attention to similarly insidious threats to our economic well-being. This time, the threat comes from four species of salamand ... More >>
In mid-August, the Texas Rangers said that come Opening Day 2012 the team hoped to have near the Home Plate Gate of the Ballpark in Arlington a statue of Shannon Stone and 6-year-old son Cooper as a tribute to the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter killed at the Ballpark on July 7. Said Nolan Ryan ... More >>
Photos by Rachel Parker, with a slide show hereUnder the baking sky at the Texas Motor Speedway, a small, rotund man adjusted his straw hat and tightened his grip on a green flag nearly half as tall as he was. "Houston Lady Racers, you've got 30 seconds," he said to the high-school aged girls sur ... More >>
The Rangers start their post-break schedule tonight in Seattle. Despite a seven-game winning streak, baseball's sixth-best record and a one-game lead in the AL West, president Nolan Ryan sounds none too satisfied. "It concerns me," Ryan told ESPN when asked to assess the state of the Ranger ... More >>
Together againA 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 >>
The Rangers' newest prospect fled communism in Cuba for center field in Frisco. He won't be there for long.
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 >>
Uh-oh.10. With Josh Hamilton it's always when, not if. And now you know why a lot of us were cringing and complaining when we saw him sliding on the rain-delay tarp in Baltimore last Friday night. He's one of the best players in baseball, but also one of the most injury-prone. 9. And do I ... More >>
Don't laugh, we'll actually see this jersey on the mound for the Rangers this seasonA year ago today we were dissecting the depth of a Texas Rangers' pitching staff anchored by No. 1 and 2 starters named Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. Hopefully that perspective will soften the blow of ... More >>
Round Rock artist Todd Slater designed this week's featured poster, which promotes tonight's bill of Built To Spill, Dinosaur Jr. and Lou Barlow and the Missingmen at The Granada. Look closely and you'll see that the ants crawling all over the woman's face; the design was inspired by the lyric to ... More >>
Even if European soccer owner Tom Hicks convinced Major League Baseball to inject the same screwy tables that govern soccer into America's pasttime your Texas Rangers wouldn't be a playoff team. But, alas, they wouldn't be relegated, either. If baseball were run according to European soccer ... More >>
I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>
Brookings InstitutionLast night the Brookings Institution released a study tracking recession and recovery in the 100 biggest metro areas in the U.S., and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranks as one of the so-called "strongest 20 metros." Indeed, Texas takes several of the top spots: Austin-Round Rock, ... More >>
I spent much of the last week in Austin for SXSW, so rather than hipping you guys to some local jewel this week, I've decided to give a play-by-play commentary of how I vittled down in the Live Music Capitol of the World.Comprehensive Dude Factor: 9, or Doug Sahm, on a scale of 1, "Christopher Cross ... More >>
An SMU biologist thinks the secret to the fountain of youth may be found by putting fruit flies on a diet.
They tried to make us work for the details by sending us on repeated trips to KentRathbun.com, which slowly leaked information over the course of a few weeks. Clever. Of course, Robert Wilonsky cracked the case some time ago on Unfair Park, but...But now, Kent Rathbun is spilling lots of information ... More >>
On Monday, a book that’s sure to be great bedtime reading for statisticians everywhere clunked into bookstores. Weighing in at 864 pages and 3.3 pounds, it’s the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked & Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada by Burt Sperling and Peter Sa ... More >>
A civil suit alleges prosecutorial misconduct in one child's death, another's incarceration
Joey Steakley, Barbette, Kitchen Dog Theater
Barbette soars to greatness with the tragic tale of a trapeze artist
Gumbo's grub could be addicting
Was the case against Lacresha Murray, the youngest Texan ever tried for capital murder, a rush to judgment or a story of justice denied?
Manager musical chairs
When Reid Ryan wanted Round Rock voters to build a stadium for his minor-league baseball team, he turned to the one pitchman no good Texan could refuse -- his dad, Nolan
Long before the Texas Rangers, major-league baseball was played in Dallas by a minor-league team called the Dallas Eagles
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX