By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
"Hey, we're not going to evaluate this season purely on W's and L's," manager Buck Showalter said. "With these guys, there's such a sincerity and purity of heart in the way they go about it, and they want to do what's best for the Rangers. That's important."
Never thought I'd say this, but the Rangers and I appear to be on the same page. But you don't want to hear that. You want to buy postseason tickets immediately instead of wait patiently to see what transpires. A baseball fanatic friend of mine might be the worst offender. "Come on, man, the season is two months old already," he said. "You're behind the curve. They're good now."
It is two months old, I told him, but that also means there are four months remaining. That's a lot of games. Each year some team gets off to a quick start before the season's grind and the summer heat catch up. It happened to the Royals last year. It happens to the Mariners almost every year.
Point is, things change. They changed dramatically from last year to this year, but the script easily could flip again. Perhaps we'd all be well-served to get hold of ourselves and take a deep breath--it'll make the long road ahead that much easier.