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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Galloway: Rangers’ choke job looks very familiar

Galloway: The Trick is to Keep Choking…

No matter how thoroughly gutless it was Wednesday afternoon on the West Coast, say this on behalf of the Texas Rangers:

They will never, no matter what, be able to out-gag the franchise’s most historic gag job.

Game 6. One Strike Away. Twice.

Speaking of twice, it is beyond disturbing, of course, that for the second time within a year, the Rangers have somehow managed to claim their own little cul-de-sac in baseball hell.

It’s a dead-end called Choker Street.

...It got to this point, got to Game 162, because the Rangers couldn’t close out a divisional race, couldn’t hold off the totally improbable A’s gusher of a finish, and then choked like crazy in the final week.

Four games up with six to play last week, and the Rangers lost the AL West. That kind of thing takes a while to chew on. But by losing five of those six, including being swept in three games in Oakland, the Rangers again soiled their baseball shorts.

When it comes to hate status, the Rangers haven’t come close to reaching the Yankees’ status, and never will, but the story of the bottom-line budget, no-name A’s had the baseball world cheering for this kind of miracle. And you can’t blame them.

Except it was the Rangers, an organization that attempts to do it the right way, that ended up playing the fools for the “mighty” A’s. Losing this divisional title, losing it this way, slaps an indictment on the entire organization, starting with Nolan Ryan, going to Jon Daniels and then right to the dugout with Ron Washington.

Repoz Posted: October 04, 2012 at 05:50 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 04, 2012 at 06:46 AM (#4253517)
Wow, did the Rangers kill his first born?
   2. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: October 04, 2012 at 07:13 AM (#4253522)
dude, too soon
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 04, 2012 at 07:15 AM (#4253523)
I pronounce this article...LAME.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 04, 2012 at 08:16 AM (#4253544)
I can't go back and erase #1. I hadn't heard the Neshek news when I posted.
   5. John DiFool2 Posted: October 04, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4253547)
My heart just bleeds.
   6. BDC Posted: October 04, 2012 at 08:40 AM (#4253555)
you can't necessarily say the game has seen a team fail dramatically on the World Series stage, come back in less than a year and then go belly-up once the regular-season stove got real hot


Of course you can say this – the 1959 Braves are one good example – but in any case the point is somewhat inane. So what? Some teams fail dramatically and then go on to be lousy the next year (the 1987 Red Sox). Most teams never get good enough to almost win something two years (in this case three) in a row. Some perspective is needed, though I realize perspective never sold a newspaper :)
   7. zack Posted: October 04, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4253564)
As a Bills fan, I support all teams choosing to lose multiple straight championship games.
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 04, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4253579)
in the last four years texas has won 87, 90, 96 and 93 games.

that's a very good run not including two world series appearances.

sorry the team won 'only' 93 games and made the playoffs again.
   9. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 04, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4253618)
If there's a god and he cares about Ranger fans like Randy Galloway, the team will return to the irrelevance they enjoyed in their first few decades.
   10. Belfry Bob Posted: October 04, 2012 at 09:59 AM (#4253624)
Orioles fans hope for one last choke...

That being said, I hated the tone of this. The Rangers didn't 'choke', they got outplayed and outmanaged. The A's were hot, and put it to them. The Rangers aren't as scary on the road. Why didn't he write about that?
   11. TomH Posted: October 04, 2012 at 10:37 AM (#4253666)
Yes, going 4 and 2 in playoff series the past two seasons is an obvious sign of choking. Sure.
   12. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 04, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4253669)
I'm not sure what exactly they've "choked". Last I heard they made the playoffs and can still win the World Series. Ask the 2006 Tigers whether they want to change places with the 2006 Twins. I mean they lost the WS, but still.
   13. smileyy Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4253719)
[4] You and David Cone ought to have your chopsticks taken away. Or something.
   14. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4253721)
Come on Galloway, don't get all Yankee entitled on me now. It's still a very good team with a very good chance to get back to the World Series again.
   15. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4253739)
Man, that's a lot of bad metaphors in one excerpt.
   16. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4253746)
Oh yeah this article provides a new screenname
   17. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4253787)
Every year there's 30 teams, one winner, and 29 chokers.
   18. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4253799)
Kind of a hysterical overreaction, but understandable given that the Rangers have never won anything significant. Oh yeah,wait, those two American League pennants in the past two years..
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4253810)

I agree with everyone above, but it's worth noting that losing the division is a bigger deal this year than in previous years due to the new Wild Card structure. In the past, teams could be somewhat indifferent to whether they won the division as long as they made the playoffs. Not anymore.
   20. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4253815)
Teams aren't indifferent to division titles any more, but they should be indifferent between winning the division and winning the wild card game, more or less...HFA excepted and all that.
   21. BDC Posted: October 04, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4253821)
Oddly enough – I imagine this has been remarked in several other threads – the AL this year would have exactly the same postseason draw under last year's rules: three outright division champions, and two teams tied for the Wild Card (with, I reckon, a one-game playoff for the berth). The main difference would have been that the Yankees, having won 94 going into the final game, would have clinched at least the outright Wild Card (either Texas or Oakland was going to finish at 93), and thus wouldn't have had to exert themselves against the Red Sox yesterday. Not that they needed to exert themselves very much anyway …
   22. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: October 04, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4253831)
it's worth noting that losing the division is a bigger deal this year than in previous years due to the new Wild Card structure. In the past, teams could be somewhat indifferent to whether they won the division as long as they made the playoffs. Not anymore.


It's also worth noting that under last year's format, the Rangers would be in exactly the same position they are in today (except possibly playing the do-or-die game on the road instead of at home). And they'd have been sweating out the O's/Rays game last night because a Baltimore win would have eliminated them from the post-season entirely. IOW, one more Orioles win and losing the division would have been a bigger deal for the Rangers under the old wild card structure.

EDIT: should have refreshed, but Bob only gets a six-ounce coke because I'm one of the guys who remarked in another thread.
   23. Cris E Posted: October 04, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4253864)
Choking is better than starving to death. At least you got to the table.
   24. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4253868)
Choking is better than starving to death. At least you got to the table.


That's one lousy epitaph.
   25. Cris E Posted: October 04, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4253892)
I'm a Twins fan. We've lost 195 games the past two years following a 94 win 2010. This team is spending a lot of time sorting through epitaphs these days.
   26. Moeball Posted: October 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM (#4254835)
As a Bills fan, I support all teams choosing to lose multiple straight championship games.


Zack - I've always wondered how Marv Levy is historically viewed as a coach, both by outsiders and Buffaloans (is that even a word?). On the one hand, he never won the Big One so he is probably viewed as being short as a tactician on X's and O's.

On the other hand - how do you motivate a team to keep coming back year after? I'm not sure which is more crushing to a team's fighting spirit - losing by 1 point when your kicker misses a field goal? Or getting buried 52-17 where your team was just never even in the game. Yet in both situations he somehow got his team motivated to come back the following year and make it back to Super-land. That's gotta be tough to do.

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