When I looked at the probable pitchers for this weekend’s Rangers-Giants series, I was disappointed. If Twitter is any measure of the general population’s opinions (which it, well, isn’t, but no matter), a lot of other people were too. Why? Because we all wanted to see Yu. Not you. You’re awesome and all, and it’s not you it’s me… but I’m talking Yu Darvish. Because he is pretty much the best thing to happen to Major League Baseball since Ryan Braun’s haircut. When I saw, then, that he was starting in Oakland today, my fingers were on StubHub in record time and soon enough, I had tickets and had suckered my family into dropping everything and coming with me. I have a delightful family, on occasion.
I got to the O.Co Coliseum sort of, um, early because apparently they open the gates an hour and a half before gametime, rather than two full hours, like they generally do in civilized pla— I mean, AT&T Park. I’ve never been to Arlington, Texas but I imagine it’s something like it was in Oakland today. Rangers. Fans. Everywhere. It was kind of weird, but kind of fantastic.
Anyhow, for reasons I discovered and will explain later, My Favorite Ranger Ever (as much as I love Yu, this one goes to Alexi Ogando) was throwing a bullpen session when I did get into the stadium. I was, oh, four feet away from him and it ranks up there in Greatest Moment of Emily’s Life, right up with the time I made cupcakes from scratch in just under thirteen minutes. True story.
Pictures or it didn’t happen, you say? Okay, I say. I will gladly oblige.
Also, isn’t their Rangers-themed ball bag the cutest thing on earth? I want one. Even though I don’t really tote around baseballs. Ever. Still, I bet it could double as a fab makeup bag.
The game itself was not nearly as fun. Yu was not in tiptop Yu shape and sort of seemed to forget where the strike zone was, midway through. Josh Hamilton, in good ol’ Josh Hamilton fashion, hit a double and Beltre singled him in, for the only Rangers run of the game. I like the A’s just fine under normal circumstances… normal circumstances being when they are not scoring seven runs off of Texas. I glowered into my avocado sandwich for a while and then the Yu jokes started and I had a good time.
All with one eye, of course, on the out-of-town scoreboard. Yes, guys, I’m still a Giants fan, believe it or not! It was getaway day in San Diego and the Giants had their first three-homer game since the beginning of April at Coors Field and they, you know, have a humidor and things so that doesn’t really count. Today, it was the magical and marvelous combo of Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Angel Pagan. Good times, eh? The Giants head into this weekend’s matchup with the exact same record as the Rangers, by some fate: 33 wins, 25 losses.
To say I cannot wait would be a massive understatement. Sure, my loyalties are a bit messy, but the games are also sure to be loads of fun. And yes, Alexi is starting on Sunday, in place of newly-DL’ed Derek Holland. Which is why he was throwing a bullpen. So he can mow down the Giants. Yep, messy loyalties, indeed.