ARLINGTON, Texas -- We're less than two hours away from the first pitch of Game Three of the World Series. Don't forget, it's a 6:57 Eastern first pitch, the earliest for a game since 1987. What a relief from normal crazy deadlines (but I'll get mine tomorrow night when we go at 8:20 in deference to the almighty NFL).
The scene outside Rangers Ballpark is akin to an NFL game. The place is surrounded by acres and acres of parking lots and red-clad Ranger fans tailgating are everywhere on a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 70s. Turns out MLB didn't have to worry about late October weather in this series. Check out the Longhorn sculptures high on the ballpark's brick facade cool (click the pic)
The Rangers put on the ritz Friday night for media and corporate types with a gala party at the Circle R Ranch. Great food, great Texas-themed fun. Not too often you get beef tenderloin sliders and stuffed shrimp poppers at a Series party. Lots of characters around too. Cowboys shooting blanks, using their lassos and even one dude all dressed in gold (right).
What a fool I am. I must have stared at the guy for 20 seconds from a distance of about 2 feet. I was just about gonna touch his Rangers hat when he blinked. Yes, he blinked. I jumped back a couple feet and he stayed in total mime character. Never flinched. Now click on the picture and you tell me: Is he real or not?
We'll have more in a bit from the pregame interview sessions. It's been too long since we have a game to write about. The off day prior to Game Three and Game Six at the World Series is always a tough one. Need new issues. So while we wait for some to develop, be sure to take a look below at the armadillo bullpen from last night, not to be confused with the one the Rangers used out in San Francisco.