The Grind

The time is almost here. Spring Training is in full swing, and Opening Day is now less than two weeks away for your Texas Rangers. The anticipation is growing, as we look forward to the 2012 MLB season and what it holds for this team.

There are several questions that still remain unanswered. Who will be the utility infielder? Will the club settle on a left hander in the bullpen? Will Neftali Feliz succeed in the rotation? Can Mike Napoli repeat last years performance? Can Yu Darvish succeed in America? And can the Rangers win a third AL Championship, and win their first World Series?

Those are just some of the questions that we will get answers to. Those answers will come, in time. And, as those questions get answered, other questions will arise. When will (insert player name) break out of his slump? Will Colby be able to keep the ball in the yard? That is part of the grind that is 162 games in Major League Baseball.

And a grind it is. For the players, the coaches, the front office and the fans. A 9:05pm first pitch in Seattle on a random Wednesday night is a grind, especially for those of us that have to be at work early the next day. But, remember, we love the grind. We, as Ranger fans, love a 2 out rally in the 8th to take the lead in Oakland. We love Matt Harrison throwing 8 scoreless in Baltimore.

So remember this year, as you are starting to get a little beaten down by the grind, the things that make this the “Great Game.”

  • The sound of bat against ball
  • The feeling as you walk into RBIA
  • The fireworks and “The Natural” when someone tees off
  • The Napoli chant
  • Listening to Eric Nadel when you can’t go to the game
  • That day game in the middle of the week when you take a day off from work

     As we get ready for the 2012 season, remember why you love this game. Remember that you love this team. Remember, that we all make the trek to Arlington each year because we love “the grind.” There are not many things better than 162 games of Texas Ranger baseball.     

Patrick Despain is the Editor and a Senior Staff Writer for He can be reached at or on Twitter @ShutDownInning
Patrick Despain
Patrick is a member of the IBWAA and creator of Shutdown Inning. He was raised him Arlington, Texas and grew up watching games on HSE and listening to Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz on the radio. He is a long time Rangers fan and never achieved his dream of being a bat boy. He know lives in Georgia with dreams of a Texas return.

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