The Texas Rangers and Arlington announced a few weeks ago a plan to build a new retractable roof stadium near where the existing ballpark is right now. While I think a ballpark that will not be 110° in August is probably a good idea, I am also not 100% sold on the idea either. Here are some of my reasons for not being sold out on the idea.

1. Globe Life Park is not that old. I know that twenty-two may seem old to some of you out there (I am talking to you, millennials), but it’s not. Think about how long Wrigley Field or the Fenway Park have been there. Baseball is a game if tradition, and sometimes I think we loose some of that for the sake of the almighty dollar. I think Globe Life Park is a beautiful place to go and watch a baseball game, and I see no reason why it should die so young.

New ballpark

2. Traffic Problems. The Rangers and the Cowboys both have to park in the lots that are adjacent to the ballpark/stadium, and when construction starts it will remove a big portion of the parking. It is already difficult to get in and out of Rangers games, and it will be even more difficult for the years the park is being built, and then until they destroy Globe Life Park.

3. Heat Advantage. The Rangers are said to have the heat advantage, being that they play in the weather at home more than any other team. Sure, it is pretty hot in July and August in Arlington, but as a fan I never minded it so much it stopped me from going to games. I love sitting almost anywhere in the ballpark, eating a hot dog and watching a great Rangers ballgame. Baseball is supposed to be played outdoors, in my humble opinion.

4. Tradition/Memories. I admit, this one is more of a personal reason, but the Texas Rangers have been to the post season seven different times in their forty plus year as a franchise, and all of them have been in this ballpark. I remember a game where Gary Matthews Jr. climbed the wall to take a grand slam away from the Astros. I can remember being there during the post season runs in 2010 and 2011, and how electric it was in that building. I can remember crying after they beat the Yankees to get to their first World Series in 2010, and when the returned in 2011. I can remember watching greats like Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, Juan Gonzalez, Pudge Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and more playing on that field.

Besides tradition, I also remember going to many games with my dad, who is no longer with us. My dad was a huge sports fan, and I owe him a lot. I would not be a writer if it wasn’t for him. So it will be hard to go and watch Rangers baseball in a building that my dad never got to see them play in. I also have gone with many friends and family over the years, and seen countless great plays and great fans in that ballpark.

Now I admit, change is inevitable, and I am not surprised in the least that this is going to happen, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on the subject for what it’s worth, which, admittedly, probably isn’t a lot. Thanks for reading.

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No. 27

by Ben Dieter

carlton_fisk_uniform_27_retirement_day_00_collage_photofileI went back and forth on who should be the best to wear no. 27. There was Eddie George, who had a decent NFL career, but I don’t think it was hall of fame worthy, and although he was good, I am not sure I can call him the best to wear 27. Then there was a Texas Ranger killer named Valdimir Guerrero, who had a great career and even played for the Rangers for a season.

 

But I am not going with either of those guys, I think I have to pick Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. Fisk had a career .269 average, he hit 367 home runs, knocked in 1330 RBI, and was an all star eleven times during his nearly 2500 games played. Fisk had his number retired by the Red Sox and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

 

Fisk was one of the great catchers of all time, and he was the home run leader for catchers until he was finally passed by Mike Piazza. Fisk was a great catcher, a great hitter, and in my opinion, well deserving of being called the best ever to wear no. 27.

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No. 28

As we continue the Hague Sports Jersey Countdown with No. 28, we follow up Eric Dickerson with Marshall Faulk another running back who also happened to play for the Colts and the Rams. Faulk was a major key as to why the St. Louis Rams were dubbed the “Best Show on Turf.” In 1999, he […]

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No. 29

After a long drought, the Hague Sports continues its jersey countdown at No. 29. There are a handful of candidates but we’re giving the award to Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Dickerson played 11 years in the league and finished his career with 2,996 attempts for 13,259 yards and 90 touchdowns. […]

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No. 30

No. 30 could easily have gone to Nolan Ryan but because we had the strikeout king at No. 34, we had to look elsewhere and our search took us to frozen water. I don’t try to pretend to know a lot about hockey but I do remember Martin Brodeur, and his accolades speak for themselves. […]

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No. 31

To me, No. 31 was a very easy one to pick. Greg Maddux won 4 Cy Young awards while winning an astounding 340 games during his career. Greg played 22 season in his career, and he was best known for his time in Atlanta, although he also pitched for the Cubs (twice), the Dodgers (twice), […]

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No. 32

How do you choose the best athlete to ever wear a number when it was worn by two of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen? Earvin “Magic” Johnson just might be the greatest point guard in NBA history. Jim Brown is considered by many to be the greatest running back in NFL history. […]

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Baseball Equality for All

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about income equality, marriage equality, race equality, religious equality, that I thought I would take a few minutes to talk to you, the readers of my blog, about baseball equality. While there is a large amount of inequality in the world, there is […]

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No. 33

Over the years, the Lakers and Celtics have developed quite the rivalry, meeting 13 times in the NBA Finals where it was Boston who dominated, winning 10 of those series. However, it was a Laker who came out on top over a Celtic at No. 33 in our Jersey Countdown. There’s a reason Larry Bird […]

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No. 34

I have debated back and forth on who exactly to give the best to ever wear number 34 to, and I have finally come to a conclusion. For those wondering, the choice was between Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and Walter Payton, one of the greatest athletes of all time, […]

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