Clear The Mechanism

“And you know Steve you get the feeling that Billy Chapel isn’t pitching against left handers, he isn’t pitching against pinch hitters, he isn’t pitching against the Yankees. He’s pitching against time. He’s pitching against the future, against age, and even when you think about his career, against ending. And tonight I think he might be able to use that aching old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer.”– Vin Scully in For the Love of the Game

“Clear the mechanism” – Kevin Costner as Billy Chapel

It has been a difficult month to say the least for Rangers’ fans. First, they witnessed the Oakland A’s win the AL West title for the second year in a row after Texas was unable to hold on to their early September lead. Next, they witnessed the Rangers finish the season on a seven-game winning streak to make the AL Wild Card game only to see them lose against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays. Then comes the Jackie Moore and Dave Anderson firings which led to more soap opera stories than an episode of “Young & The Restless.” If all this wasn’t enough, we have Nolan retiring/resigning and Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu signing with the White Sox.

What else could happen? Let’s not really ask that question.

Instead, it’s time for Rangers’ fans to clear the mechanism. The 2013 season is over and we have more than five months until Chuck Morgan says “It’s Baseball Time in Arlington!” We have a drunken sports writer pestering an owner, radio personalities sounding more ignorant than the Geico caveman living under a rock, and chasms within the fan base over old/new school, Nolan/JD and whether or not to stand for the wave. Don’t get drawn offside by someone who sees the game differently than you, but instead, clear the mechanism.

Clearly, Abreu will not be the answer at first base for your Rangers and as Peter Ellwood pointed out recently, Cano, Price, McCann, Ellsbury and Choo likely won’t either. This doesn’t mean that Jon Daniels and Co. won’t do everything they can in their power to improve this ballclub even if it is something that appears to be small, such as the hiring of a bench coach.

Feel free to piss and moan because the legend Nolan Ryan is now gone and won’t be sitting down the first base line anytime soon, but as for the rest of us? We will clear the mechanism and continue on this train that has brought more flags in the last four seasons than the first 38 seasons combined. The one time I questioned JD, I was proven wrong within a week. It won’t be happening again anytime soon.

We are pressing on with you or without you, so now is the time to look forward to future stars in the minors, shrewd free agent deals and potentially impact trades.

It’s time.

Clear the mechanism.   

Eddie Middlebrook is the co-host of “Chin Music” and VP of Media for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at or on Twitter @emiddlebrook
Eddie Middlebrook
Eddie Middlebrook is Senior Writer for @ballparkbanter9 and @shutdowninning. Formerly with @wfaasports and @FoxSportsSW. @IBWAA member. Eddie can be found on Twitter @emiddlebrook.

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