I wanted the goosebumps to fully recede. I needed my walk-off high to dissipate, allowing me to descend back to planet Earth.
I needed to sober up…literally and figuratively.
For the second night in a row, the Texas Rangers won via the walk-off, in extra freaking innings, nonetheless.
Two nights ago it was Nelson Cruz’s single that did the trick, and last night it was Ian Kinsler’s clutch knock that sent the Rangers into the All-Star Break on the highest of high notes.
Say what you want to to about these Texas Rangers. They frustrate you with their inconsistencies. They beat you down with their poor approaches at the plate. They breakdown—how many key pitchers have spent time on the disabled list during the first half?
The bottom line is this: when it seems the Texas Rangers are about to hit their true plateau and true regression is seemingly just one game away—that six-game losing streak is looming, crystal clear in its imminence…
The Texas Rangers win.
How annoyingly simplistic is that? This team just wins.
Down 3-0 in the rubber match with the supposedly punchless Twins—a far inferior team, let’s face it. Yet this weak opponent outplayed the Rangers…Yep. The Rangers wait—until the last minute—to rally, then, inexplicably, WIN.
This team is frustrating because we, as fans, understand their ceiling—and just how ridiculously high it is. And when that roof appears to be raised to its precipice…just as we appear poised for a collapse…
As we head into the All-Star break, with 52 wins, let’s not forget just how truly gifted this Texas Rangers team is.
Perhaps more so than any other Rangers squad in history. This team, our 2012 Texas Rangers—your Texas Rangers—can win, straight up. And they—somehow, against all odds—manage to do so with alarming frequency.