Rangers baseball has gone from a small group of hardcore fans to a large group of hardcore fans. It also includes a group of bandwagon fans, but hey….that’s okay too. Despite the length of your Rangers fandom, the truth is that baseball in Texas is no longer an afterthought. It is on the forefront of many people in this area. So much so that people worry about payroll, how many years of arbitration a player has or the dates of the Winter Caravan. Baseball in Texas means people care who the 5th starter is, who is the long man in the bullpen is or if Ben Rowen can get people out at the major league level.
Rangers baseball in this day and age also means that we argue about Yu Darvish, we are split on Nolan Ryan versus Jon Daniels and we no longer care that Nelson Cruz hit six home runs in the 2011 ALCS to get the Rangers to the World Series, we only care about Game Six. We complain about bunting (most likely instigated on this very website). We complain about Wash. We complain about everything up to and including about how long you have been a fan. We bitch and moan that you are a Cowboys fan that is so disillusioned with Jerry Jones and you have invaded our turf with your “every game means the world” mentality. While a lot of that is true, it’s time to move on.
It’s time to remember that we all pull for the same team. It’s time forget all of the crap we’ve been through the past (insert number of) years. It’s time to get back to being fans of this great game and this organization. Whether you think that Jon Daniels is a “NYC jabroni” or not, let it go. It’s time to remember that whatever your thoughts on the Texas Rangers, they are still better than that moronic state of affairs across the street. It’s time to remember that after all this crap…..we all went through it together.
Rangers baseball has become a community of great people these past few years. It’s a community of loyal, intelligent and engaged people. It’s time to get back to being the greatest fans in baseball. It’s time to embrace Prince, yet remember the great eight years of Ian Kinsler. It’s time to remember that not all people understand advanced stats, but most would like to know. It’s time to stop drawing lines in the sand and daring people to cross them. It’s time to pull together and remember that we are priviledged to follow a team that has become a perennial American League power. It’s time to be thankful that the Rangers are “in the conversation.” It’s time to get back to winning divisions and beyond.