Ok, let me confess, I'm not one of the 'long suffering' Ranger fans. Oh I liked the fact the we had a baseball team, but I also like to believe that 'someday', the team has a chance to win...and win big.
I've always enjoyed some of the players: Fergie Jenkins, Jim Kern, Jim Sundberg, Will Clark, Juan Gonzalez, 'Pudge' Rodriguez, Kenny Rodgers (sometimes)...and on and on. I've wondered at the excuses made for not winning - can't get good pitching because of the heat in the summer, the ballpark, the farm team...
I've watched as the Texas Rangers tried to 'club' other teams to death with one or two great hitters and knew, as real baseball fans, that you can't win that way. I've met Ranger players and coaches, conducted chapel services for them, all the time knowing that they wouldn't or couldn't win.
A team that can win anyway they need to play. A manager. Ownership. Harmony! Same Texas heat. Same ballpark. Great pitching, aggressive play...
The Texas Rangers are in the World Series!
For the long suffering Ranger fans: CONGRATULATIONS! For those of us who finally got on the bandwagon, we can go ahead and get our hopes up - These Rangers are WINNERS!
Great, great job. GO RANGERS!