And Just Like That

And just like that, it’s over.

Not every team gets play 163, but that suddenness of single-game elimination can leave us feeling shortchanged. We didn’t want or expect this to end this way.  Ron Washington had more victory hugs in his back pocket, didn’t he?

When things pass us by, our hindsight urges us to savor the next opportunity we have to scratch our itch. But that’s 180 days from now.

180 days of free agency talk.

180 days without live baseball that counts.

180 days until Grubes is assigning new nicknames.

For Ranger fans, we must only wait 180 days. That’s better than the Mariners, Astros, Marlins or Twins, who likely face a much longer wait for their excitement to return.

180 days of will-we-sign-Jose-Abreu?

180 days of what’re-we-gonna-do-with-all-of-these-talented-middle-infielders?

180 days of please-sign-Brian-McCann.

The problems in Arlington, if you can call them that, are details. We’re re-filling washer fluid, not replacing a transmission. This thing has taken us to 163 four years in a row now – a feat accomplished by no other team during that span. Maybe it’s an oil change, but the Rangers have 4 former All-Star starters under contract for the foreseeable future, as well as plenty of bullpen arms and a solid core of position players that are battle-tested.

As I’ve said before, you’re either doing what the Astros are doing or you’re doing what the Rangers are doing.

I prefer what the Rangers are doing. So I’m going to savor this. Even the next 180 days. The Rangers aren’t just relevant, they’ve become such a player in this game that when the team fails to advance past 163, the question is “who are they going to acquire to make sure this doesn’t happen again?” and everybody feels fairly confident that acquisitions that will help this team win in the near future will be made sometime in the next 180 days and nights.

This past offseason was rough, but sometimes it is the deals a general manager doesn’t make rather than the ones that he does. If Jon Daniels “struck out” this offseason, he struck out with nobody out and runners at the corners rather than hitting a double play ball.

This offseason, maybe the circumstances are a little different when JD steps into the box. And maybe he’ll see a good pitch to hit, too.

This “disappointing” season was the 5th best in franchise history.

This isn’t over. We’re right in the thick of this thing.

179 sleeps.

Robert Pike is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at or on Twitter @Bob_Pike.
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