Category: Rangers

More Mail!

On Friday, I got two Fan Packs, one from the White Sox, the other from the Indians. You can read that blog entry here.

As I write this, it is Saturday afternoon and I just got 2 more Fan Packs in the mail, one from the Diamondbacks and the other from the Rangers.

Here is an updated list of all of the responses that I have gotten so far from MLB Teams.
MLB Teams:
Blue Jays– I need to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope
Braves- Send them a Postcard
Cubs- Send them a Postcard
Diamondbacks- ARRIVED
Giants- Emailed me a PDF Fan pack
Indians– Fan pack sent out to mail- ARRIVED
Padres- Unable to fulfill Request
Phillies- Postal request
Rangers- Donation needed… $5 Donation made….ARRIVED
Tigers- No giveaways, but will mail fan pack
Twins- Send Postcard from hometown
White Sox- ARRIVED
Yankees- Send Postcard

Here is the address side of the packet from the Diamondbacks:

And the front:

I opened it up to find it was a 20-page booklet that looks like something would be given out to all fans at the entrance of a game.

I’m going to show you all of the pages in this pamphlet.

Here are the first two pages:
An introduction. Ok…

Pages 3-4: Community info…

Pages 5-6: Player info…

Pages 7-8: Keeping score…

Pages 9-10: D-Backs baseball academy…

Pages 11-12: 2011 West Division Champs…

Pages 13-14: Value Pack…

Pages 15-16: Legends Race info/”Games”…

Pages 17-18: “Games”/Mascot Info…

Pages 19-20: Coloring!!!!!!!/Even more “Games”…

Honestly, I find it kind of unfortunate. It’s just like the Indians.
Hey, it is still free stuff!

The second package today I received was from the Rangers. On their website, they request that you make a small donation in order to receive a Fan Pack. I made a $5 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in order to receive my fan pack. You can find the donation page here. I wonder if you get more stuff if you donate more…

This is the package I received from the Rangers:

Here is the letter that was inside:

The first thing I pulled out was a team photo:

The next thing was a sticker sheet:

After that, I found two little pages of temporary tattoos:

Then, I found a Jr. Rangers Club Lanyard (With the Dr. Pepper Logo):

I then pulled out four photo cards:

In clockwise order (Starting in the top left) there are cards for Nelson Cruz, Mitch Moreland. Craig Gentry, and Rangers Captain, their mascot:

Unlike the 3 others, which had white backs, the Rangers Captain one had info on the back:

The final item I pulled out was a Rangers PHITEN tornado-style necklace:

Usually, those are about $30-$50! Pretty cool!

That’s all for this mail entry. Maybe I should come up with a name for these? Any ideas? Let me know in the comments down below.

I will continue to write more entries as I get mail from teams. I still have a lot of postcards that I will try to send to teams within the next week.

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A’s Split Series with Rangers!

The A’s are for real.

On Monday, I was asked by many people if the A’s are for real. Now, the answer is yes!

They started the series on Tuesday, with a matchup of Bartolo Colon and Roy Oswalt. Both pitchers threw 2 scoreless innings to start the game. In the 3rd, Elvis Andrus had an RBI Single to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Adrian Beltre led off the 4th with a solo shot, followed by a 1-out RBI single from Mike Napoli. Craig Gentry followed with a run-scoring bunt, giving Texas a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 7th, Josh Reddick led off, blasting his 21st home run of the year, a solo home run to right field. That would end up being the only run the A’s scored in this game.

The Rangers scored 2 more runs, when Josh Hamilton homered in the 8th inning, and when he hit a sac fly in the 9th to make the final score 6-1.

The A’s looked for a series split in game two, with Travis Blackley on the mound, opposing former Athletic Colby Lewis.

The first four innings of the game were scoreless, but Craig Gentry doubled in Brandon Snyder ti make the score 1-0. It wouldn’t stay like that for long, as Brandon Inge led off the A’s half of the 5th with a line-drive home run to center field.

The whole game then started to fall apart for the A’s in the top of the 6th. Elvis Andrus singled to open up the 6th. He then advanced to 2nd base on a bad balk, called on Travis Blackley by the first base umpire, Paul Nauert. Blackley has used the same move all year. Sigh. Micheal Young then singled to left, making the score 2-1 A’s. Blackley was then pulled for Grant Balfour, who allowed a Nelson Cruz single to make the score 3-1.

In the bottom of the 7th, Brandon Inge doubled to lead off, followed by a Chris Carter pinch-hit walk, who was then pinch-run for with Brandon Hicks. After 2 quick outs, Josh Reddick stepped to the plate. He launched a deep, deep drive to right field, which I was positive would leave the yard. It bounced off the top of the wall, about a foot above Nelson Cruz’s glove to tie the game at 3.

In the top of the 9th, Ryan Cook came in to pitch, and got out of a jam. Brandon Hicks lead off the bottom of the 9th inning. Right when Hicks was called up in June, he almost had a walk-off grand slam against the Giants, but the ball bounced over the wall. He has had multiple hits that have almost gone out, and was still without a major league home run.

He launched a solo home run to the deep part of right-center, his first career home run to win the game for the A’s 4-3!

So, the A’s have lost 2 games in July. They are 10-2 in July, and have 4 walk-off wins in their last 7 games and 9 walk-off wins this year!

Now, the Bronx Bombers come to town, for a four-game series. I hope of be at the game on Saturday. Now, the Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 games, but so are the A’s. The A’s have a 10-2 record in July. The Yankees are 10-4. I expect this series to be evenly matched, power for power, strikeout for strikeout, and win for win. I expect them to split the 4 game series.

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.