The Satirical White Flag

The 2014 Texas Rangers season is over. There is no life left in this team. Let’s examine what we just found out: our 21-year-old second baseman is hurt again, and the timetable for him to return to The Bigs is now reset. Hopefully we’ll see him in August, but by then this team will have nothing to play for. Rougned Odor should be in AA, and everyone knows it. His promotion will do nothing but stunt his growth as a ballplayer, and his destined failure of a call-up is not worth watching.

Prince Fielder has a herniated disc in his neck, and he’s out for the season. This may be the biggest loss that this team has faced this season. As the cleanup hitter, Prince has been the juggernaut in our top-notch offense, and it is clear that is production will be impossible to replace.

The Prince and Profar injuries are, of course, added to the top of the scrapheap that is the Rangers’ roster. Injuries have affected every true member of the starting rotation. We all know the old adage: “pitching wins championships.” When 60% of your games are being started by Nick Tepesch, Scott Baker, and Joe Saunders, a championship is not in your immediate future. Since there is no chance at all for this team to win a World Series, then why should we support this team in the first place?

Our lineup has some nice names in it, such as Choo, Rios, Andrus, and Beltre, but half of those guys have been severely underperforming, and that includes the painful decline of Adrian Beltre as a ballplayer. Choo has been dealing with a weak ankle recently, so it’s only a matter of time before he fulfills his Rangers destiny and lands on the DL. So now we have Rios, who will do nothing with the likes of Robinson Chirinos, Donnie Murphy, and Luis Sardinas offering him protection in the lineup.

All of that equates to a Run Differential of -11. That -11 is with the efforts of Martin Perez, Matt Harrison, Prince Fielder, and more helping this team before they went to the DL. The Run Differential is going to get worse, and this team is nearly in free-fall. But that’s ok, because there is nothing to play for in 2014 anyways. Fans and players and management alike would be wise to drop any hope for this team, and look forward to 2015.

Waving the white flag on 2014 and looking forward to the future means the Rangers should be sellers at the Trade Deadline in July. It will be interesting to see what kind of return Texas can get for players such as Soria, Rios, Andrus, and maybe even Beltre. Soria and Rios are surely gone to contenders that are either one arm or one bat away from filling out their rosters. Elvis should be shipped out as well, considering his value is only going to decrease going forward, and his departure would allow guaranteed superstar Jurickson Profar to play his natural position for years to come.

I know they’re called the Boys of Summer, but all I am looking forward to is the Winter Meetings and the sweet click of the pen from Jon Daniels signing off on deals for new players. That’s much better than watching and hoping and being excited about a team that’s doomed. Besides, when the inevitable happens, and these ragtag Rangers fail to make the playoffs, I’ll be able to say, “I told ya so, back in May because I’m so smart.”

So can we, as the collective fan base of the Texas Rangers, agree that there is nothing worth supporting this season? It is time to face reality, and that reality is that our beloved Rangers’ season is over in May. There are no silver-linings. There are no aces worth cancelling plans to watch pitch, there are no 20 year-old prospects batting .394 against RHP, there will be no intense intra-division games, and there is an overall lack of exciting and fun players to watch. Most importantly, there is no tight-knit community with which one can enjoy the game for what it is: a game.

None of that is there. This season is over, and there is no hope. I’m glad we are all giving up now, with 110 games left in the season, and while they are 1.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. I’m glad we had this talk.

Hayden Smith
Hayden was born and raised in the Metroplex, and is a senior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is on a mission to visit all of the Major League parks in the nation, and is only 10% there. He would bring back Josh Lewin, like any real fan would.

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