Writing hasn’t always been a passion of mine; in fact, I had no place for books or words until I dated a girl who happened to be a complete bookworm — this is when I was 18 or so — which obviously motivated me to sharpen up on my secondary and tertiary skills. (She was also gorgeous, which was nice.) Since that point, writing has morphed from a leisurely activity I wanted to improve upon into what it ultimately is now, a necessity. My catharsis.
Lately the Rangers have made it difficult to be positive, so much that I’ve felt more like a messenger bearing nothing but bad news than someone actually enjoying the process of watching a baseball game. And writing about it, and getting my message across, and maybe throwing out a nugget here or there that makes the reader think beyond the blank margins of this page.
On Monday night the Rangers trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 6th, 3-1 into the bottom of the 8th, and 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th. And somehow they mustered enough, on this night, to come away with a walk-off win.
About 15 minutes before A.J. Pierzynski‘s game-tying solo blast to right, I tweeted this in response to Adam Morris:
@lonestarball AJP is at .220/.220/.293 (29 wRC+) in the 2nd half — statistically the worst offensive catcher in MLB over that stretch.
— ericreining (@ericreining) July 30, 2013
And, of course, there’s the indestructible Geovany Soto — a player who’s essentially done nil in Texas upon arrival — to cap off the losing streak, the bummer streak, and all other frustrations thereof.
The Rangers are probably still going to be 6.0 games behind the Athletics after tonight, but that shouldn’t take anything away from how desperately Texas needed to see the win column.
With two more at home against the Angels, the Rangers will host Oakland for a 3-game weekend series before embarking on perhaps the most forgiving month of the 2013 schedule.
Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things.