The Texas Rangers lost (8-0) the first game of the 2015 season to the Oakland Athletics. Despite many fans stating the season was over before it even began when the team lost Yu Darvish for the season, all previous statements were forgotten before Monday night.
Before the game and within the first few innings it was as though every negative thought had vanished from their minds. It was a nice change of pace from the negative comments about our Texas Rangers, which also seems to have become the norm. I have taken the pleasure in searching Twitter to find only the best and worst tweets Rangers fans had to offer.
The start of a new season means a new year, a fresh start and the entire baseball world knows that no other team needed a clean slate than the Texas Rangers.
Jeff Banister‘s wife, Karen, sent a tweet that served as a reminder that this season is bigger than just a season of baseball.
It’s about how far the skipper has traveled to get here, what he has overcome but more importantly like his mantra simply states #NeverEverQuit.
I believe this is the mindset he will instill in the Rangers this season. Hopefully, it will transfer over to the fans as well and they won’t quit on the Texas Rangers simply because of players being on the disabled list. Or because of a bad outing.
Every team has a bad game, actually every team has more than one. And sometimes it happens several days in a row. But that is OK. That is baseball. I know that you as a fan know this, but sometimes we all need a little reminder.
For those of you who are worried because the Rangers finished Spring Training with the worst record, I give you the Rangers previous ST records:
- 2007: 16-11-0; finished the regular season 75-87 (4th)
- 2008: 17-11-0; finished the regular season 79-83 (2nd)
- 2009: 21-14-0; finished the regular season 87-75 (2nd)
- 2010: 10-19-0; finished the regular season 90-72 (1st)
- 2011: 13-16-0; finished the regular season 96-66 (1st)
- 2012: 12-17-1; finished the regular season 93-69 (2nd)
Sometimes you just need to see it in black and white to realize that Spring Training records truly do not matter. Because, after all, it is called Spring Training.
Please don’t misunderstand, I get upset just like everyone else when my team, your team, the Texas Rangers lose a game. Especially when they get shutout in the first game of the season. Yet the thing we need to remember is we have a long summer ahead of us. We have 161 (and hopefully more) games to watch. Indeed, this means we have plenty of time to cheer, laugh, get angry, sad, be amazed, inspired, get angry again and cheer some more for the team that has our hearts.
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I know this was supposed to be filled with the best tweets from last night’s game forgive me for changing it. I was unaware of how much your tweets affected my own feelings on the matter. I want the Rangers to know that their very passionate fanbase has their backs. I want them to know that, while we may be disappointed in a loss, we will still root for them.
If we decide to cheer them whether it be at the game, on Twitter or Facebook, I think that will have a bigger positive impact on them as opposed to putting them down and telling players how much they stink. Just because they are athletes doesn’t mean our words fall on deaf ears. I think it is just the opposite. We are the fans, but we play a much bigger role than we sometimes realize.
So, I may be at home yelling at my television – because who doesn’t – but I’ll try my best to show love and support when the team can actually hear me, hoping it boosts their confidence a little each time they hear cheers so we can make to game #163.