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7/18/11 11:36 A

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Welcome aboard Mook-Reset.

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7/18/11 11:11 A

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Howdy fellow Nats and Sparker fans. I'm returning to Sparkpeople after a failed callup two seasons ago. And while I grew up in Texas, and am still a rabid Washington Senators ... er ... Texas Rangers fan, I've built a National League allegiance to my hometown Nats.

I moved to the Washington area in 2000 from Texas, leaving my loveable losers to toil in the summer heat while I settled in a city without a baseball team (actually in the suburb Annandale, VA, but inside the beltway, who knows the difference). Yet, in 2005, I was front and center for Livan's first pitch, which renewed my spark for National League ball, which I first felt while listening to Harry Caray, Jack Buck and Mike Shannon call all those great Cardinals games in the mid-sixties and early seventies.

I know it is hard to believe, but as a boy in North East Texas, KMOX radio was one of the clearest broadcasts and one of the few consistently airing baseball games that I could receive on my old transistor radio. And, in stark contrast, I was also a big Red Sox fan. This grew solely from my first baseball glove, a Spalding model with Yaz's signature. It served me well through little league and is safely stored for my grandchildren's admiration in the far future.

By high school, I was supporting my Texas teams, which really picked up in the 80's when the Astros acquired my Texas pitching hero, Nolan Ryan. As you can imagine, when he was not re-signed by the 'Stros, and landed with the lowly Rangers, my allegiance followed. I attended the only home playoff game the Rangers ever hosted before last season -- the all-night, massively rain-delayed loss to the Yankees in '96. It was heartbreaking, but a rite of passage for a club that would go on to lose six straight playoff games to the hated men in pinstripes. But last season's playoff's and World Series appearance was sweet revenge.

Now that I follow the Nats religiously on the NL side, you can imagine my excitement when my old friend Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez signed with Washington. I made it a point to be there on his bobblehead day last season, and I'm hoping that the only losing I face in this group is in pounds, not baseball games. Dropped 5 so far ... pounds, that is. Go Nats!

“Do or do not – there is no try.” Yoda, 1980

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