As we mentioned in the last blog, Martin Oaks primary businesses are cremations and burials. We are located in Lewisville, Texas, ie, the north quadrant of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For more than 30 years, we have been vitally connected to the metroplex — and are truly delighted when one of our neighboring companies achieves success.
And that is exactly what has happened to the Texas Rangers major league baseball club in the 2016 season! Playoff bound once again, the Rangers have represented our community in a sterling manner. So today, we will add to our Ranger salute by highlighting a few more highly memorable events that have occurred in their Arlington, Texas stadium.
No Ranger fan will ever forget July 28, 1994 when Kenny Rogers pitched the first perfect game in the history of the Ranger’s franchise. On 98 pitches, he blanked the California Angels 4-0. More than 46,000 were on hand at The Ballpark in Arlington to witness this slice of baseball history.
The fielding gem, which will be forever etched in Ranger fans memory, came when rookie Rusty Greer made a sensational diving catch of Rex Hedler’s stinging line drive to center field in the 9th inning. That catch preserved Roger’s feat.
At the time, Rogers was the 14th pitcher in MLB history to twirl a perfect game.
Hosting the first DFW area All-Star Game in 1995 was a major Ranger coup. As the Washington Senators, the team had twice entertained the Mid-Summer Classic – but this was a first in the Texas confines. While the National League defeated the American League 3-2, the most spectacular play of the evening was Frank Thomas’ majestic home-run shot in the 4th inning for the losing AL team. As Vin Scully might say, “it was a missile launch.”
After winning 96 regular season games in 2011, the Rangers triumphed in the playoffs and moved on to their second consecutive World Series. Games 3, 4 and 5 all took place in Arlington – but, unfortunately, the most memorable game (and the most dispiriting game for Ranger fans) was game 7, which the St. Louis Cardinals won by a 6-2 margin. The less said about this, at least from the Rangers perspective, the better.
With their solid 95 wins in the 2016 regular baseball season, the Rangers would appear to be poised to have a good post season run. Despite some question marks, the Texas Ranger’s faithful have high hopes.
One very intriguing note: Game 7 of the World Series, if it takes place, will be hosted by the American League. Wouldn’t a match-up in Game 7 at Arlington between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs make for a dramatic conclusion to the 2016 season?