I'm at Opening Day for the Texas Rangers. Traffic was incredibly bad this morning. I left far north Fort Worth at 10 a.m. and immediately encountered a freeway shut down at Northeast Loop 820 and Texas 183. So I turned around and took I-35W to downtown Fort Worth and then I-30 to Arlington. It took more than an hour and, by the time I arrived at parking, the closest spot I could find was at the North Central Texas Council of Governments on Six Flags Drive.
But enough complaining. It's freaking Opening Day ... and man, it's a beautiful Opening Day. The sun is shining. It's about 75 degrees outside (give or take) and people are tailgating like crazy. Here are some snapshots I took on my lo-o-o-ng walk to the ballpark.
Fans pose for snapshots outside the home plate entrance to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where the club has installed a statue titled "Rangers Fans," paying tribute to Shannon Stone of Brownwood, who died last season when he fell out of the outfield stands trying to catch a ball while attending the game with his young son, Cooper.