On April 24th, 2004 against the Seattle Mariners, Hank’s Homies were born. We attended the Saturday night game, just as we have many before in the new season, but this time with something new. We had discussed making a sign for one of the Rangers players before the game and came up with the name Hank’s Homies. We didn’t think much of it, thought it was a cool name and decided to roll with it. We all loved the way Hank played and thought that this would be a good name for his new fan group.
Who ever knew Section 5 would become so popular?
The game began and we started up in the upper deck. Midway through the game, a few of our friends called and told us that they were sitting in Section 5. There were a few extra seats around them, so we ventured over to left field. It was a great game, both teams had great pitching and defense through it. In the eighth inning, Hank came up to hit. We stood up, in the last row, with our signs and started yelling for him. On a 1-1 count from then Mariner Freddy Garcia, Hank took the next pitch to dead center to put the Rangers on top 1-0.
The fireworks shot off, Hank rounded the bases, and as we were jumping up and down in excitement we noticed ourselves on the video board. It was a great moment for all of us.
We floored the car home after the game to check out the news and there we were again, all over the highlights. One of the local news channels even said during the replay of the homerun, "…and Hank, rewarding his Homies." Just as any other fan, we thought this was the greatest thing. The next day came along and we thought we would come back to the park for the final game of the series. It was almost surreal. After just one game we were recognized by many. During the game, Rangers field reporter, Jim Knox came out to interview us. That’s where Homey D.J. invented the Hank’s Homies Dance, trademark pending. Not a tough dance, but a very interesting one to say the least.
Tailgate party before the Boston Sweep Game
As the weeks went on we had a blast going out to the games. Our allegiance grew and we all loved coming to the ballpark. May 2nd was one of our favorite games of the season. Before the final game of the Boston series, we had a tailgate party in the parking lot and a group of over 20 for the game. We had our tickets and our brooms for the sweep.
Late in the game we attempted to start a chant. We all raised our brooms up high and started chanting "SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP!" What happened next was amazing. The chant started getting louder and louder. "SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP!" I remember pulling Chris aside and telling him to just listen. The whole ballpark was yelling, screaming with us. If the season had ended on that night we would have been happy. But the Rangers had many more memorable moments for us.
Everyone wants eye black!
During the season we decided add a new piece to our Homey attire. Just as many baseball players do, we decided that wearing eye black would show our love for our team even more. What started as just a group of us wearing it turned into much more. Fans would come over to us asking for eye black throughout the year. From kids, to parents, to grandparents. The Rangers would give us many great moments during the season. The 10 run inning against Detroit, the Barajas walk-off homer against New York, every sweep game, Teixeira’s cycle, Hank’s 2 homer game the night his son was born, every time CoCo steps on the mound and who can ever forget the walk off double from Double D against Oakland.
In one of the most unforgettable Rangers seasons in recent memory, we were honored to be apart of it just as every other Rangers fan would say. We would like to thank many people for there time and support they gave to us during the past season, including: The Rangers team, ownership, and employees, our parents and friends, Ken Troupe, Charlie Greener, Tom Hicks Jr., Donnie Pordash, Misty Blalock, Devin Pike, Joe Siegler, Karin Morris, Josh Lewin, Tom Grieve, Jim Knox, Chuck Morgan, Chrissy Jacobe, Gretchen Dorfman, the staff at Rawlings restaurant, the ushers of left field who had to put up with us the entire season including, Richard, Michele, Rod, Fernando, Fred, Wayne, Sarah, Security Guards Charles, Felix, and many others. And of course, our boy, Hank…