Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; The scoreboard displays a message for the World Series champions the Boston Red Sox after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
First of all, let me start by congratulating the Boston Red Sox for defeating the Cardinals in the 2013 World Series. As Texas Rangers fans after 2011, we really didn’t want to see David Friese and the Cardinals win another World Series, and the Red Sox made sure that didn’t happen. Mike Napoli and Koji Uehara were a big part of the Red Sox World Series winning season, and in hindsight it looks like maybe the Rangers should have kept those two players.
Now, to the real reason for the article. I don’t think I am the only Rangers fan who gets a little depressed by the Fall Classic these days, especially one that involves the Giants or Cardinals. Watching the Red Sox celebrate last night made me remember just how close the Rangers were in 2011. It has been gone over and over again, what the Rangers could have done differently to win in 2011, but the fact is they didn’t. It is still a hard pill to swallow for me. I remember the way I felt after game 6, and I remember being numb watching game 7. Watching last night was a reminder of how close my team was, and how far they are now.
I am not saying that the Rangers don’t have a chance to get back to the Classic, but what I am saying is that they missed out on their first real opportunity to be World Series Champions, and it is very difficult to watch other teams year after year do what my team almost did. Maybe I am selfish or maybe I am delusional, but a part of me hates watching the World Series these days just for that reason. It brings back all the memories of that fateful 2011 season, the magic of getting there, and the pure heartbreak of losing the Series.
I will get over it fast though. There will be so much to cover in the coming months, and we will be here to keep you up to speed on everything Rangers. We have free agency, we have the minor leagues, we have the Arizona Fall League, we have Nolan Ryan leaving, and we have tons of other off season news that will need to be discussed. But just for today, allow me to wallow in my self pity about 2011. After that, I promise I will get back to business as usual. I don’t believe that 2011 will ever leave me completely until the Rangers do hoist that World Series trophy, so until that day, I will always remain a depressed post world series Rangers fan.