Pulling an Usher here but I have a confession to make. I did not actually watch Sharknado last night. I'm just going to go ahead and go to the next paragraph as you let that sink in. I know it's a lot to process this early in the morning.
We were home but the wife and I chose to watch Big Brother instead. And possibly the most disappointing part of all of this, is that it appears that many people did the exact same thing. I was on my computer while watching Big Brother and Twitter hardly even reacted to the Sharknado. I had two tweets all night that were Sharknado related.
Three years ago when the first Sharknado happened, Twitter just exploded. No one knew it was coming and then all of a sudden Twitter was filled with jokes and Vines and anything people could get on the web. And now it's to the point that I only had 2 tweets total on my timeline last night. I'm afraid this could be the end of things. Sharknado may have jumped the Sharknado. I hope I'm wrong. I'll watch it sometime this week and maybe Seth Rollins can save the franchise. I'm worried though.
Huge weekend in Arlington the past couple days. Not only did the Rangers complete a 4-game sweep of the defending World Series Champions but they also inducted Micheal Young into their Rangers Hall of Fame, had a bobblehead night giveaway, and had a walk-off homerun. And all three of those final things happened on Saturday night. That's a heck of a night at the ballpark.
Let's start with the sweep first. Anytime you can get a 4-game sweep it's a big deal. To do it over the defending champs just adds a little boost to it. I know the Royals have been down a little bit this year but they are still the champs. And I always think when you can get a sweep at home it adds a little swagger and good vibes to your team. You get to win in front of your fans and build some momentum, and you're in your natural environment and not on the road in motels. The Rangers had been struggling a little heading into and out of the All-Star break, this may be the series that turns the corner for them heading into the August Arlington heat. This series gave them a 6-game lead in the AL West over Houston, a margin that had been rapidly shrinking as of late. Hopefully this series but some cushion between the two teams that can last throughout August.
Then you also have Saturday night by itself. Micheal Young Hall of Fame night, bobblehead night, and a walk-off homerun. And not just a bobblehead, a four-person Franchise Four Bobblehead. Look at that thing, it's pretty sweet. You've got Nolan Ryan, Pudge Rodriguez, Michael Young, and Adrian Beltre. You can debate the lineup and if that's Texas' Mount Rushmore, but it's a sweet bobblehead nonetheless and will probably be in my eBay searches for the next month or so.
Some fans were upset on line when they didn't get a bobblehead. They only went out to the first 15,000 fans through the doors and apparently there were some issues of which doors to go through and getting people through the line. Hopefully, some of those hurt feelings were eased with the walk-off win and Hall of Fame ceremony. Everybody loves a good walk-off.If you didn't see the walk-off, don't mind the terrible announcing from MLB.com but here it is. The double gatorade and water shower was a nice touch as well.
And finally, that walk-off homerun put a cap on an emotional night at the ballpark that saw Michael Young go into the Rangers Hall of Fame. Young may not have gotten his fair share of time in the national spotlight but he was a bedrock of Rangers baseball over the past 15 years. He was the guy that bridge the Rangers from the A-Rod trade to the World Series appearances. He was the face of the franchise for all those years, especially the ones where Texas struggled. He was the guy you knew you could count on day in and day out. He was putting up the power numbers but his consistency and quality at bats were always there. From 2002-2012 we played in at least 155 games in 10 of those 11 seasons. He hit over .300 in five straight season from 2003-2007. He was always Texas' representation at the All-Star games. He was the guy whose poster was on my wall in my room from the time I was 16 until I was about 25 or so. Being 1 strike away from a World Series Championship (twice) and not winning in 2012 still hurts, but it hurts even more as a fan knowing we weren't able to get Michael a title. We wanted to win one for him for everything he'd put into the franchise, but we fell short. His inclusion into the Rangers Hall of Fame will have to do.
The start of August today and the start of a new challenge for me. My goal is to run 80 miles this month. For comparative purposes, I put in 22 miles in July. So I'm really upping the ante here and going to try to get after it. The Des Moines marathon is slowly approaching here in October and I would like for this to be the year where I actually do some training for it. I ran the half-marathon with little training in 2013. I ran it again with next-to no training in 2014. And ran the team relay with some training in 2015. I haven't decided what race I'm running yet this year in 2016 but I'm hoping to actually be in shape for it when the time comes.
Most years I have middle school football practices after school once that season starts but I am not coaching this year. I am hoping that frees up some of my time after work for running and golf. So there should be no excuses for me not to get these 80 miles in. I'll update everyone on my progress here as the month progresses.