Last year, Andy bought us season tickets for the Texas Rangers. He bought a 20 game pass, including opening day. As much fun as going to 20 games is, by the end of the season, it almost became a chore to make it to them all. Granted, the Rangers were doing awesome and made it for the second time to the World Series, but sitting in a crowded stadium in 110° heat in the middle of Texas summer with no breeze anywhere in a 5 mile radius is not exactly ideal. So, this year, Andy decided we would just spend the money on getting good seats to the few games in which we were really interested.
The Rangers v. The Angels happened to be one of those games in which we were especially interested. Andy texted me months ago asking if I'd want to go, and of course I said yes, so the ticket hunt began. He looked for weeks on Stub Hub and Craig's List, but everyone was charging ridiculous prices for the much-anticipated and sold-out game. Finally, the day before the game, Andy found an ad on Craig's List for tickets- in the 6th row, right behind the dugout, and at face-value.
Say what?! Andy quickly emailed the seller, who promptly replied. "Are you actually wanting to go to the game?" asked the seller. "Yeah, definitely- I've been looking for tickets for months," said Andy. Turns out, the seller had had many offers from people wanting to buy the tickets, jack up the price, and make a profit off of them, but the seller really wanted to sell them to a baseball fan looking to cheer on the 'gets. Andy met him at a Cracker Barrel and bought the tickets- we were in! And with Cuervo Club access, nonetheless. (Side note: the seller's wife is somehow related to Paul Simon, and Paul Simon bought the seller these season tickets! How cool is that?!) That Friday night before the game, we celebrated with Firecracker Salmon and Garlic Lime Asparagus.
|Garlic Lime Asparagus and Firecracker Salmon|
Thinking it'd be no problem to get two other people to go to the game with us, we immediately started messaging our friends... but nobody was game! Everyone had other obligations or wanted to save money... uh oh. Andy posted on his Facebook status that he had the tickets for sale, and a college friend of his, Deidre, said she and her boyfriend wanted to go with us. We had a blast, sitting behind potentially the cutest 8 year-old baseball fan ever, who I (duh) so desperately wanted to just scoop up and take home with me. However, I opted not to kidnap the child, and we went to Sherlock's to meet up with Andy's other friend, Jared, and his girlfriend, instead. We spent the rest of the day in Arlington mourning the Rangers' loss- after Sherlock's we hit up Jared's hotel bar, Reflections Night Club. Yep, it was exactly how it sounds- gold trim, deep velvet-covered chairs, and a band playing who couldn't decide if they wanted to play jazz or 80's rock. It was nice to meet some more of Andy's college friends, even if the Rangers did loose, at least we got to watch from the 6th row!
Garlic Lime Asparagus
|Garlic Lime Asparagus|
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
- 1/4 lime, juiced
- salt and pepper to taste
|Grilled Corn, Firecracker Salmon, and Garlic Lime Asparagus|
- Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Stir in garlic and shallots, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in asparagus spears; cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Squeeze lime over hot asparagus, and season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to serving plate, and garnish with lime wedges.
Keep on cookin'!