I'm Just Sitting Here Watching The Wheels Go Round And Round

The Rangers’ offseason is intellectually frustrating.

Granted, one could easily argue that each move made by Jon Daniels has been the smart one, the star power that’s been ostracized from Arlington publicly outweighs the perception of a good savings. Of the players Daniels did sign (Joakim Soria @ 2/$8M, A.J. Pierzynski @ 1/$7.5M, Jason Frasor @ 1/$1.5M, and lastly Lance Berkman @ 1/$11M), the financial obligation has been minimal, and the allotted years, short. That is cost-effective business, and that’s good. What it isn’t is sexy, and it won’t satiate the media pundits, or the fans who were hoping for more.

According to a recent article by some writer who I can’t think of right now, the Rangers’ roster is currently making a total of $107 million, with the $10 million owed to former Face Of The Franchise — Michael Young — taking the cumulative payroll to a not so even $117 million.

It could boil down to how much I write about them, but this year in particular I’ve grown exhausted by the cyclical, unchanging process of the offseason. I’ve been digging deeper and deeper down my own dark sports reality, filled with front office conspiracies and under-the-table handshakes from every angle. The truth is, most all things I imagined to be on the precipice of happening, just simply didn’t happen. And that’s all it is. Zack Greinke was the pinnacle target, Justin Upton was supposedly a lock to be traded here, and if not them, someone else who possessed the means to create a magnificent shift within the fabric of the Texas Rangers. Nothing materialized, and it appears nothing will materialize, and that’s frustrating.

It reminds me of a John Lennon song I’ve grown fixated with over the last several days titled Watching The Wheels. I think my interpretation of the lyrics are a bit misconstrued when I’m of a particularly specific mind state (that I won’t get into right now in fear of alienating part of the audience), but one line stands out:

People say I’m lazy, dreaming my life away 

Well they give me all kinds of advice, designed to enlighten me


Ostensibly, it’s not profound. It’s actually rather simplistic in nature. But if you listen, like really listen, you’ll notice the way he enunciates the middle of “designed” makes it sound like the “they” whom he speaks of are correct, and that maybe he’s been wrong all along. It connotes a certain level of arrogance from Lennon, yet he has the humility to admit he doesn’t have all the answers. Something about that concept is fascinating to me, perhaps because I, myself, don’t possess the intestinal fortitude to disclose the same.

This can apply to life as a whole, but for the context of this article it’s relatable to my convictions with the Rangers, as well. I’ve said a great many things — which even predated the offseason — that I thought would be smart, or right, and the fact is that mostly none of them have come true. Namely Zack Greinke and Justin Upton.

Either way, it’s hard to get excited about minor acquisitions to aged veterans when I was misled to think bigger, and bolder. It’s like expecting a surprise gift for Christmas and coming out with only everything I asked for. Yeah, it’s cool, you know. We’ll be a good team in 2013 and everything. But I wanted more.

I suppose it’s just an exercise in being appreciative, and humble, and patient for what is to come. I just hate to wait.




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  • michaelstrawn

    “when I was misled to think bigger, and bolder”

    Who misled you? Nobody from the Texas Rangers promised you anything. If you were misled it was by your own wishful thinking.

    Two things spring to mind: first, fans “expectations” are generally so out of whack as to be laughable. I saw on FanGraphs (I think) an article that outlined fans expectations of a 5th starter…and they were basically 170+ innings, 10+ wins…ya know, the kind of production a good 3rd or an average 2nd starter might provide.

    Fans and expectations should not be taken too seriously…and in this case I think your expectations were those of a fan.

    Second….never, ever judge an off-season prior to the end of the next season. Certainly don’t judge it prior to the first pitch being thrown. Let’s let this season (and 2014 and 2015) play out before we grade JD’s choices. Right now I’m reminded of the instant NFL draft “grades” given out before a single snap has been played.

    You can’t really judge these things until a few years down the road. It’s possible the complete absence of any bold initiatives from the Rangers will look foolish and arrogant. It’s also possible that when Giancarlo Stanton joins Jurickson Profar for the best (and most affordable) young 1-2 punch in the game in 2014 while the Angels watch ever-eroding performances from Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson that we’re all laughing at the criticism currently being hurled toward JD.

    • Eric Reining

      Who misled you? Nobody from the Texas Rangers promised you anything. If you were misled it was by your own wishful thinking.

      Well, this just simply is not true. Nolan Ryan spoke on various occasions about the possibility of adding Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke, and even mentioned once that the front office/ownership was trying to work out a way to sign both. Again, we’re dealing with perception here, but the reality is they didn’t sign either. They created the conception of my thought process in this blog; it wasn’t me. If they had said early on they didn’t have intentions of making any significant moves this offseason, the “unrealistic” fan, as you essentially put it, would have adjusted their expectations accordingly.

      Other than that, I generally agree with what you are saying. Fans of any team, in any sport, typically fail to see the big picture. They don’t take into account things like budgets, team needs, etc., and are more into “Who’s the biggest name and let’s get him.”

      That is not my perspective in this piece. It’s based in reality, and the reality that we were led to believe from the upper levels in management. As I mentioned early on, most (if not all) the moves and non-moves were correctly played from Jon Daniels’ seat.