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.
Posted: October 04, 2012 at 04:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
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