The Stretch Run


It’s here. Whether you want the season to last forever, or you have been looking forward to this since April, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are in the midst of the stretch run in Major League Baseball. Baseball purists live for this. This is like your first love. It is so sweet and your heart jumps when they walk in the room. Everything is fresh, and the sky is crystal blue and nothing can take you down. You are in love. You’ll do anything…pray it never ends, stand by this person or even get so enthralled in them, that you lose your perspective in life.

That is where we are as Ranger fans. Yes, they have been to back-to-back World Series, and we have been disappointed twice. But it all starts over again. We have all found a new love…the 2012 season. This is where we wipe the slate clean for good, if you have not done so to this point, and we all get behind the 2012 Texas Rangers. 2010 and 2011 are behind us, just like Tiffany or Carla or whoever. We all start over with this team. 

Currently, the Rangers have a 3 game lead with 21 left to play. Of those 21, they play Oakland 7 times, Seattle 6 times and Los Angeles 6 times. It’s not an easy road, but then again, nothing worth doing is. It shouldn’t come easy, because that builds character. This team has shown more resolve and character in the last 3 years than any team I can remember. But, the Rangers are a solid ball club. They have stars, they have good pitching, they have solid defense, and they have a huge heart.

We can talk about all the things that certain players do wrong or right. Kinsler infuriates at times, Beltre amazes at times. But they are all a part of a team. Which is what we are. We are all fans of the Rangers. We argue, we agree or disagree or we even go as far as to unfollow someone on Twitter. We may not like what the other has to say, but we are all on the same team here. We have all fallen in love again, with the 2012 Texas Rangers. It’s all our new girl or boyfriend. And it is fantastic.

I’m not asking everyone to get along. That’s beyond my scope, and I would never tell anyone what to think. But remember, we are on the same team. We all love this team, and we are in the midst of the greatest part of the greatest game. Major League Baseball in September and beyond. As we are watching and thinking about the team, and our next “genius tweet”……It’s all about team. It’s the stretch run. This is the point of the season where we all congregate at RBIA and chant, “Napoli, Napoli, Napoli.” This is the point where we buy champagne and open it after they win the division. This is the point of the season we buy hats and shirts and we text or tweet each other what a great play was just made. It is the stretch run. It’s our time. 

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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