If you haven’t already read what Churck Greenberg wrote on his facebook, then please see below. It really is the heart of the Texas Rangers. Die hard Rangers fans should really be able to relate to the message.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me today how I was feeling after last nights game, and what my thoughts were about the rest of the series. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting over the season and the emotional roller coaster that we have been on.
When I say “we” I mean the players, the coaches, everyone within the organization, and the fans. We have all been in this thing together. The players have played their heart out and without them we would not be where we are. Ron Washington and his staff have placed the players in positions where they have succeeded. When everyone was ready to give up on guys like Moreland, Molina, Feliz, and even Hamilton early on in the season, Ron Washington has stuck by his players and never game up on them. When the team was bankrupt and every writer in baseball would write that there was no way that the Rangers could make any significant moves due to their financial constraints, our front office went out and got Cliff Lee and Benji Molina.
My point is this: This team has overcome strong odds all season long. No one could have ever predicted any of this. This team of “we” has been resiliant in every aspect of the game. We are now embarking on the final home game of the season. We are down 3-1 in the series and only 6 teams in world series history has been able to overcome that deficit. The odds again are not in the Rangers favor. History will say that the chances of the Rangers winning are slim to none. Very few are left to believe that the Rangers will end up winning the world series.
This has been the theme of the 2010 season.
I’ve lived and breathed Rangers baseball for as long as I can remember. When I was 10 years old I would sneak my brother into my room and we would put a pillow by the door to block the lighting of the TV so that we could stay up and watch the rangers play on the west coast, since we were supposed to be in bed by 9pm. I now sit here at the age of 26 with the same passion that has continued to grow over the years. My son is named after the great “Nolan Ryan.” My wardrobe consists of 25+ Rangers shirts. My wife has learned to love me despite the fact that our schedule is decided upon what time the Rangers are playing. I’ve spent more money then I should on Rangers tickets. I’m invested in every way that I can think of into this team.
These are MY RANGERS.
Last night was a terrible game and it took a lot out of me. Let there be no question though that down 3-1 in this series I’ll believe in this team no matter what happens. If the team goes down 13 runs into the 9th then I’ll still be on my feet cheering on this team with everything I have until the final out is recorded. This team deserves to have it’s fans behind them. We are better then what we showed last night. Don’t give up on this team just because the odds are stacked against us.
A message from Chuck:
This season has transcended expectations and transformed the psyche and hearts of legions of Rangers fans across Texas and throughout our country and beyond. At the core of the remarkable journey we have shared together is a ballclub and a community who collectively have consigned the conventional wisdom of the past to the dust bins of history, busting myths and charting a new course previously thought to be unattainable.
Can’t pitch successfully in Rangers Ballpark. Wrong.
Can’t compete successfully late in the season because the heat will break you down. Wrong.
Fans will lose interest when training camp opens. Wrong.
Fans won’t come to Rangers Ballpark after the All Star break because its too hot. Wrong.
Rangers can’t win a playoff series. Wrong.
Rangers can’t win a playoff game at home. Wrong.
Rangers can’t beat the Yankees in the playoffs. Wrong.
Rangers can’t get to the World Series. Wrong.
Rangers can’t captivate the hearts and emotions of fans new and old deep into the fall. Wrong.
And on and on and on….
I can’t even begin to count the memorable moments we have shared this year thanks to a very special group of players with hearts and smiles as big as Texas, who always pull together, stand up for one another, and who have changed the sports landscape here in the Metroplex forever.
But here is a simple reality. Monday will be the last game played in Rangers Ballpark this year. We all owe it to ourselves, our players and each other, to celebrate with passion, enthusiasm and indefatigable belief from lineup cards to the final out, loud and proud.
The defining team of my young life was the 1979, “We are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates. I have often remarked how much this Rangers club reminds me of that team, with a confident but friendly swagger and an abundance of character and personality.
Now these two teams have something else in common. Both fell behind 3-1 in the World Series. Kent Tekulve, the great closer from the ’79 Pirates, texted me after tonight’s game to pass along this story. Before Game 5, Willie Stargell told his teammates:
“We are playing in front of the whole world. We may not win this thing, but before we go, let’s show the world how the Pirates really play baseball”.
The Pirates, playing against a team whose colors were black and orange, won Game 5. Then they returned to Baltimore and won Game 6. Then they won Game 7.
I know our players will show everyone how the Rangers play baseball tomorrow. As fans, let’s do the same. We have one final opportunity this season to show the world what we have accomplished together and the passion we all hold for our players and our shared dreams.
The World Series is going back to San Francisco. And then there will be one final piece of conventional wisdom to prove wrong….
The Texas Rangers are going to the World Series. Let that sink in for a minute and I’ll say it again. The Texas Rangers are going to the World Series.
Rangers fever is spreading across Texas. Fans are searching for a way to get out of work/school in order to see the first Rangers playoff game in over a decade. It’ should be no surprise that the Yankees were the team to get the national prime time game, while the Rangers are stuck playing the Rays over lunch. Yet fans can’t help but be angry with TBS and MLB for the game times that were given. In fact, it’s very likely that the Rangers will be playing all day games for the first round, and neither the fans nor the players can really be thrilled about this. Stat wise the Rangers are much better at night games than in day games. The Rangers have a record of 19-25 in the day, while the Rays have a 27-19 record for games played in the daytime hours.
You’re standing up on top of a cliff looking over a large body of water. You are with a group of friends, wading in the water below, yelling up at you “JUMP, JUMP, JUMP!” Without thinking twice you take a giant leap from the bridge and splash into the water. Everyone jumps into the water one by one.
As of today, the Texas Rangers sit atop the AL West standings by 7.5 games on the Oakland Athletics and 9 games up on the Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels. My brother is already making plans for the playoffs. While my wife is just praying that the Rangers hold on just to keep a happy husband in the household.
The trade deadline has now come and gone, and now the only way to make deal is if a player passes through waivers. The Rangers could still add a piece or two prior to september call–ups, but don’t expect that it’s going to be any significant player. However, that’s not to say that they won’t add someone that can significantly help them from within.