The Texas Rangers mantra of “Never Ever Quit” is alive and a very real thing. I witnessed this in person the past 2 days while attending the Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies games in Denver.
There is an energy the Texas Rangers bring to the ballpark that spreads to the fans as well. That energy is an understanding that they are never completely out of a baseball game, they lead the league in comeback wins this year and already have more than they did all of last year.
I chose the perfect seat in right field for the first game and was able to witness the double tried to turn into a triple by Mitch Moreland that gave the Texas Rangers the lead. There was more red and blue in the crowd then black and purple, “let’s go Rangers” chants were clearly noticeable on a routine basis during the entire game.
Manager Jeff Banister has said that this belief that they are always in a game starts with having the mindset that you can do something. This mindset then leads to action and having confidence that you are going to take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself. This was apparent when the Texas Rangers executed a double steal in the bottom of the 9th while down a run with 1 out on the board.
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They saw the opportunity and took advantage of it, moves like this are what changes the attitude of the team and instead of the situation being that a double play would end the game and had the Rangers a loss, they instead got the winning run into scoring position.
Noticing your opportunities and building upon them are what makes them confident that they are in every game no matter the score. With Jeff Banister behind the helm, this team can only defeat themselves.
Even with the loss of Prince Fielder to a Neck injury that looks to force retirement, the stars seem to be lining up for the Texas Rangers to provide an entertaining and hopefully rewarding Postseason push.