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Claw and Antlers Shirts


The Texas Rangers Claw and Antler shirts are not available online. If you see someone selling them, they are fake. At least for now.

Fans can pre-order the shirts at the Majestic gift shop at the Ballpark or at the Rangers stores in Dallas and Fort Worth. You can also order them by phone at 817-273-5015.

They come in small – XXL and cost $26 each. No confirmation on price increase for larger sizes yet. The shirts are made by Nike and should be avaiable in late September.

Also available to preorder are foam claw for $9.

No word on Antler hats or anything else.

For the story on the Claw and Antlers, check here.

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Busy, Busy, Busy


It feels like I haven’t written anything at all in ages, and judging by my posts it certainly looks that way, too. As some of you may or may not know, I recently became engaged to my girlfriend and that has brought on a whole new set of “boyfriend duties” that, frankly, I did not see coming.

To save myself the embarassment I won’t go into what all that includes, but suffice it to say that I don’t think I’ll have my balls back any time soon. Not that I had full custody before – I just simply renegotiated the terms of my joint custody of them and I came out on the short end of that stick. Insert joke here.

A lot else has happened since I last wrote here. My post on the Texas Rangers and The Claw/The Antlers gets a hell of a lot of visits from across the intertoobs. I don’t blame them, because I’m just that awesome.

In other news, I have discovered that the fabled Netflix app for the iPhone does exist, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s about frackin’ time, though, because I need to have even more of a distraction while I drive. Amiright? Am I the only one who watches Matlock while flippin’ people off for driving the speed limit?

Anyhoo.

The app is almost complete. By that I mean that it doesn’t allow you to put even more crap in your disc que, but that isn’t a total loss. I don’t even mess with my disc que anyway; I let my girlfriend -AHEM – I mean fiance have that to herself. Just like most everything else. She sends off for the most craptastic movies anyway, so I honestly don’t give a hoot.

What do you mean "Keep your eye on the ball?"

And speaking of craptastic movies, I started to watch Krull last week while visiting my fiance’s family in Austin. Some people canhandle crap movies for the sake of humor and I fancy myself one of those people. But there is nothing remotely even funny about Krull. I think I would rather stomp on my own face then watch that movie. I’ve swallowed back bile that is less offensive.

Other than that, the movie sucks.

I’ve downloaded a few new apps to review, so I figure I’ll get into that this weekend. But I do have one thing to report on the app ScanBizCards. I finally had an opportunity to use that app “in the field.” I went to a business expo and instead of asking people for their business cards I asked if they would mind me scanning their card right there. It was such a hit that several people took out their iPhones and bought the full version of it right there. If that’s not a good testimony for ScanBizCards then I don’t know what is.

So look for more Bubble Gum and Energy Drinks this weekend. I’ve tried to get a guest writer to review video games so you might see something new on that front some time soon.

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Getting Back in Gear


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It seems that I have had an infulx in Texas Rangers fan stop by my little blog, and frankly that makes me happy that I can share some Ranger love with some folks.

That being said, I am coming off a several week long binge of finding myself hating the Rangers. Now, before any panties get twisted, my loyalties are (and always will be) with the Rangers. I have just been dissapointed with their choices for trades. At first it was Bengie Molina, but then he got on my good side after going full cycle a while back. Then it was Cliff Lee, who I disliked at first because of his first two outings as a Ranger. They must’ve ordered him a uniform that was too tight and then got him a new one, because now he plays like everyone says he does. And I like that.

Moving right along, I have yet to see any particular reason to start liking Cantu or Guzman. I’m sure they fit will in Washington and Miami, but neither of them seems to have the same energetic panache as, say, Nelson Cruz or Elvis Andrus. Hell, even Michael Young and CJ Wilson look like they’re having more fun than those two (though admitedly, Cantu is more energetic than Guzman), and they’re two of the most serious and focused guys in the normal lineup!

Now, to show my fairness here, I remember saying to my girlfriend when Nelson Cruz finally came back that I was afraid that it would mess up the working chemestry on the field. We were used to seeing Borbon, Hamilton, and Murphy in the outfield, and I worried that things might not click. Lucily, that wasn’t the case. Cruz is still just as much a part of the team as ever, though his immediate future is unclear due to an injury.

When you compare our lineup now to a month or a month and a half ago, you’d barely recognize it. Gone are the days of Kinsler and Davis, but as much as I loved Davis, his batting was lackluster at best. Gone also are the days of Treanor and Ramirez. Now we see Molina, Cantu, occasionally Moreland, Guzman (though now on the DL), and more of Blanco.

Moreland is one that I like. He’s great at the plate. Not too antsy and is willing to be patient without sacrificing precision. Blanco isn’t bad at all, but he’s no Ian Kinsler. I suppose I am being too hard on Guzman and Cantu, but until proven otherwise, I just don’t think they fit well with the Texas Rangers.

And now that there are actual hopes for more than just a mediocre season, I want the Rangers to be every bit as good as they were in June! I want another 11 game winning streak! I want Hamilton to have another twenty some-odd game streak where he hit safely. I want Vlad to get his head back in the game!

Basically, I want the Rangers to go all the way to the World Series and have a shot at winning it. That’s not too much to ask, right?

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Texas Rangers Claw and Antlers


Texas Rangers Claw/Antlers Shirts info.

If you’re wondering about the Claw/Antler shirts, they are available at the Texas Rangers stadium. I bought one for myself as well as my girlfriend for $26 each.

They are awesome.

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No doubt there are some Yankee fans wondering after last night’s close game where the Rangers bested the Yankees 4-3. There was one play in particular in which an unlikely Ranger gave the Antlers a couple of times, and that Ranger was CJ Wilson.

CJ made a dive to get the out at first, and when he stood up he stoicly gave the Antler sign. I was very pleased to see his reaction, as he seems to be a very fun guy. Well, off the field that is. On the field he is focused, unwavering, and calm. Off the field, as proven by his occasionaly live video chats (which, ironically, he is holding one as I write this), he is lively, funny, and willing to make fun of himself.

Without sounding ilke I wanna kiss the guy, it was pleasing to get to see him give the Antlers.

The explanation of their antics vary. Tommy Hunter revealed that there are also varying degress of the signs depending on the play. If a batter hits a single he’ll look over to the dugout and give a quick Claw motion and get his head back inthe game. If he were to have got a double with an RBI then the Claw would be more dramatic and would include a huge smile. Some reports say that Nelson Cruz came up with the Claw and that he also has a sound to go with it.

The Antlers are for base running or great hussle. I read Josh Hamilton’s explanation once where he claimed that several of the guys are hunters and that was the genesis of the Antlers, but the whole truth is shrouded in mystery. If Andrus steals second and nearly gets caught by the catcher, then he might give the Antlers to the dugout or vice versa. If Young hits a triple but has to slide into third, you’ll probably see the Antlers instead of the Claw because of his hussle.

Andrus and Kinsler exchange... something.

So there is a partial explanation for The Claw and The Antlers. This is a great team that loves to play baseball with each other. Pay close attention to these guys and you’ll see that the Claw and the Antlers are not their only sign. Some of them actually have ellaborate handshakes and high fives! Just remember this:

The Claw is for hits.

The Antlers are for hussle.

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Ball Clubs vs. Teams


It’s been a while since I wrote about baseball, but instead of a play by play of a game I figured I’d talk a little about something that my girlfriend and I have noticed while watching the Texas Rangers play this season: The Texas Rangers are a team, while our opponents seem to be Ball Clubs. Two totally different things.

Now, I’ll be up front about the amount of baseball that I watch that has nothing to do with the Rangers- very little- but I do watch other teams play. The other day I watched a particularly depressing game between the Colorado Rockies and the Phillies. It’s kinda strange watching a National League game because I am used to American League teams, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Both teams have good players and not as good players, and they are comparable as far as records go. (Phillies are 53-46 and Rockies are 51-48 at the time of this writing) But it’s not so much about having good players or records, it is about a group of guys who genuinely seem to get on well with each other, and neither team looked like they were extremely happy to be on the field with the rest of their team. They were Ball Clubs.

The Texas Rangers have it down. Watch a Ranger game and take notice of when one gets a base hit or a double. You’ll then witness “The Claw,” a motion that hides its mysterious genesis from the media and fans alike. It looks like they are dunking a basketball and doing an “air high 5” at the dugout, but with their hand in a claw-like position.

Every time you see one of them do The Claw they smile at each other, proud that their team mates are going the distance. There are also varying degrees of The Claw, as explained by Tommy Hunter. Basically, the better the hit or RBI’s to go along with it, then the more enthusiastic the Claw motion.

Alongside The Claw is the also mysterious “Antlers.” You’ll see base runners who hustle their way around the bases or steal bases look to the dugout and give themselves antlers and smile. 

Hamilton signs for kids at a Ranger game against Houston

These kinds of antics, along with other signs and rituals, point to a group of guys who aren’t just out there for the paycheck. They’re out there together because they love the sport and the thrill of the crowd. You won’t see them shying away from young kids on the sidelines because they’re too good to sign autographs, rather you’ll see them by the first base line smiling and taking photos with kids and adults alike when they get a chance.

Now don’t take that the wrong way; I know that other teams out there are fun and exciting. I’m not suggesting that every other team in the MLB is a bunch of greedy, no good assholes who wouldn’t give a kid the time of day. I’m just saying that when you watch your favorite team, pay close attention to how well they get on with each other as team mates.

Do they high-five after winning and leave it at that?

Do they look bored?

Do they genuinely look like they’re having a good time with each other?

I think that’s one of the reason that, while the Rangers have never had a World Series, I still watch them and love them. They are not a Ball Club, they are a Team. They were that way when I was a kid. I remember going to countless games when Nolan Ryan pitched for them. Every game I’d get to shake his hand and get an autograph, something that costed $50 or so to stand in line at a convention and get from him. But he did it with a smile.

If your team is like that, I’d love to hear some stories from your ballpark. Don’t forget to share this article across the web so I can get feedback from all four corners of the great U.S. of A!

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