Once a year Major League Baseball’s general managers gather together for a few days to talk shop. With the game’s greatest minds — and some guy wearing a polo with a Marlins logo stitched into it — in such close proximity, you’re bound to hear a few interesting conversations.

As it happens, I’ve obtained part of a recording of one of those conversations, which took place between Oakland’s Billy Beane and our own Jon Daniels last November. I have transcribed it below:

Beane —

You think this can last? There’s a storm coming, Mr. Daniels. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, ‘cause when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

JD —

Why are you wearing a cocktail dress and a domino mask…? 

Beane —

That’s not important…..

With 2 games left to be played, the Rangers hold a precarious 1 game lead over the A’s. If Texas wins just 1 of 2, they take the AL West crown. If they don’t, they prepare themselves for the wild card play-in game on Friday.

At this point, it doesn’t really matter how we got here. You can go back through the schedule and find winnable games that were turned into losses, but that’s an activity for November and beyond.

All that matters now is what Matt Harrison does tonight.

Harrison has been the steadiest (and healthiest) arm in the Ranger rotation all season. He has no choice but to step up in what is probably the 2nd biggest start of his major league career. Otherwise, we may find ourselves teetering on the brink of disaster.

They say you should never put off ‘til tomorrow what can be done today. That’s exactly how I feel about wrapping up the division.

Consider that, if Texas doesn’t take care of business tonight, they’ll have to play a must-win game tomorrow. If they can’t win that game, they’ll watch Oakland celebrate for the 2nd time in 3 days, and then it’s off to play yet another must-win game.

Do you have much confidence in a team winning 1 of 1 when they can’t even manage to win 1 of 3?

We keep waiting for the Rangers to show us something again, something not unlike what they showed us back in April. September was not a good month, but September is over. Today is what really matters, because we’re almost out of tomorrows.

It’s time for Harrison to do what we all know he can do. It’s time for the offense to do the same.

It’s time for this team to rise.

Press on, Rangers fans.

Mike Luna is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. He can be reached at Mike.Luna@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @twbbg.

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