The Texas Rangers have endured more than its share of misfortunes this year, but so has the loyal fans who continue to trek to Globe Life Park. Forget all the excuses. The two-time AL pennant-winning franchise needs to finish the rest of the season with the heart of a champion.
It takes a certain amount of proven talent to win consistently in the majors, period. Texas GM Jon Daniels has a brilliant plan already in place to get the Rangers back into the penthouse level of MLB, and hopefully it doesn’t involve losing 100 games this year. Or, the metroplex lovable losers are back.
The Dallas Cowboys spoiled sports fans in the Lone Star State for almost three decades before Jerry Jones turned America’s Team into a shell of a championship squad. Both the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks reached the pinnacle of the NHL and NBA, respectively, and brought home championships to Big D. And, then there are the Rangers.
Back-to-back World Series appearances repackaged Texas as an annual Fall Classic contender with an elite management team. Daniels was the hottest executive in all of baseball. The Rangers were respected by baseball afficiandos everywhere. And, local baseball fans were finally spoiled by the hometown team.
But sports fans can be fickle at times. Winning has a strange way of raising expectations. Rangers fans do not expect Ron Washington‘s squad to make the World Series every year. But those same folks also don’t expect their team to become the laughing stock of MLB, again.
It’s strategic to shutdown some key veterans during this lost season. It is also wise to start the prospect parade to see which guys might be able to contribute next year. However, proud franchises with players seeping pride do not lose 100 out of 162 games. That’s just downright embarrassing.
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