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Website of Bobby Ross Jr., national correspondent and Texas Rangers fan | My focus: religion news, analysis and columns | Just for fun: baseball

Take me out to the ballgame

This is my blog on major-league ballparks and the wonders of witnessing America’s favorite pastime up close.

I developed this special focus as part of a graduate course assignment through the Missouri School of Journalism.

Professor Amy Simons teaches Participatory Journalism — aka Journalism 7700 — and requires weekly blog posts. She leaves the subject up to students.

What a perfect excuse for me to write about baseball and how much I enjoy “root, root, rooting for the home team!”

I posted weekly throughout the spring 2015 semester and decided to maintain the blog (albeit with less frequent updates) after that.

— Bobby 

Above photo: At my happy place — a Texas Rangers game.

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Some of my favorite posts:

Trips to baseball heaven: Fans share cherished memories of first major-league games

A father and son enjoy baseball, make memories in 29 major-league cities

• Fenway Frank? Dodger Dog? Rangers Boomstick? In search of MLB’s best hot dog

• ‘In reality, baseball is a silly game’ — why one super-fan loves it anyway

America’s best ballparks: Ranking the top stadiums in the major leagues (part 1)

America’s best ballparks: Ranking the top stadiums in the major leagues (part 2)

• Which ballpark is No. 1 on my bucket list? Hint: It has ivy-covered outfield walls

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Not a bad view of today's #Rangers-#Tigers game.

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As a bonus, check out some of my baseball columns and stories for The Christian Chronicle:

In Motor City, writer enjoys a baseball adventure (reporting from Detroit)

Why Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris was baptized in his baseball uniform (reporting from Detroit)

Oh, Brothers! For Rockies reliever with 0.28 ERA, there’s a higher calling (reporting from Los Angeles)

Boys of summer: Josh Willingham’s faith, character praised (reporting from Washington)

Reliever Brad Ziegler signs autographs with a favorite Scripture (reporting from Anaheim, Calif.)

Play ball: Travels bring ballpark fun, fellowship (reporting from Seattle)

For love of God, family and baseball: how I became a Rangers fan

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Back at the Ballpark with my boys. Down a little lower tonight. #RangersScoreboard #Rangers #NeverEverQuit

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Broomstick time. #RangersScoreboard

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Ross kids and father enjoy a #Rangers game. Mom presumably taking the pic. #TBT

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Is it baseball season yet? Tamie found this photo of Brady's first #Rangers game.

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My niece Peyton and I always take a selfie at #Rangers games. Love that girl!

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All posts:

• A walkoff win for the Rangers — and other fun at Globe Life Park. Published Aug. 25, 2016.

Does ‘turn the other cheek’ apply to a baseball brawl? Published May 17, 2016.

The boys are back in baseball town. Published April 16, 2016.

• What he said: ‘I’m really proud that the Texas Rangers are my team.’ Published Oct. 15, 2015.

• We’re famous! My son and I end up on TV as Rangers sweep Astros. Published Sept. 18, 2015.

• In the heat of the pennant race, it’s nice to be back ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas.’ Published Aug. 29, 2015.

Rangers and Tigers and baseball, oh my! Joyfully checking Comerica Park off my bucket list. Published Aug. 24, 2015.

After a weekend in Kansas City, revisiting my low ranking for the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium. Published June 8, 2015.

• Josh Hamilton’s return to Texas, and a selfie taken by my daughter. Published May 29, 2015.

• From ‘Bark at the Park’ to ‘Star Wars Night,’ MLB’s special promotions are fun but occasionally ill-fated. Published May 8, 2015.

• An empty stadium — not the final score — the story as Orioles play White Sox in troubled Baltimore. Published May 2, 2015.

• Time for a quiz: Which major-league teams draw the most — and least — fans? Published April 25, 2015.

• Studies in ethical fandom: Is it ever appropriate to leave a major-league baseball game early? Published April 18, 2015.

• Ghost Town Park: Five tips for enjoying major-league baseball in a nearly empty stadium, published April 14, 2015.

• Opening Day 2015: ‘People will come, Ray. People will most definitely come,’ published April 3, 2015.

• Best month of baseball ever: hit all 30 MLB ballparks in roughly 30 days, published March 28, 2015.

• Which ballpark is No. 1 on my bucket list? Hint: It has ivy-covered outfield walls, published March 12, 2015.

• Fenway Frank? Dodger Dog? Rangers Boomstick? In search of MLB’s best hot dog, published March 4, 2015.

• ‘In reality, baseball is a silly game’ — why one super-fan loves it anyway, published Feb. 25, 2015.

America’s best ballparks: Ranking the top stadiums in the major leagues (part 2), published Feb. 19, 2015.

America’s best ballparks: Ranking the top stadiums in the major leagues (part 1), published Feb. 14, 2015.

A father and son enjoy baseball, make memories in 29 major-league cities, published Feb. 7, 2015.

Trips to baseball heaven: Fans share cherished memories of first major-league games, published Jan. 31, 2015.

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