By now you should know that the Texas Rangers are going to be taking on the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 ALDS. Us in the media are loving this because of all the storylines, “the battflip”, “The Punch”, “The Dolphin-dive”, “Joey bats”, and “Rougie Balboa”. Well Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister is an obvious leader but not just for his clubhouse but for all Ranger fans.
While on the flagship Texas Rangers radio station 105.3 The Fan, Jeff Banister was informed that the Toronto Blue Jay fans chanted, “We Want Odor” shortly after their walkoff Wildcard victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Following that statement the question of how do you keep Rougned Odor focused on the moment, to which Banister said, “Well it must be Christmas in Canada, because they’re gonna get em.”
This guy is insanely perfect to be in the position in which he holds and that is obvious as he should win A.L. Manager of the year for the 2nd straight year, whether it is uncommon for someone to win it back-to-back or not he deserves it. This series is previewed to have a ton of bad blood between two teams who cleared benches in the same ALDS in 2015.
The infamous Joey Batista was the starting point, Elvis Andrus errors late in that last 2015 game, Rougned Odor’s bunch that is most likely the most solid punch ever in the MLB and possibly the defining moment for the full 2016 MLB season, all of this is pretext to the real matchup.
A Texas Rangers team that has put together a magical season on their way to the 1 seed in the A.L. and a Toronto Blue Jay team that almost self collapsed finishing 8-7 and tied for the wildcard spot. Toronto had stories of reporters pictures with red x’s through them posted in the locker room to remind players not to speak with them because of their articles.
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The Rangers overcame starting rotation injuries, about $40 million of their payroll being lost to injury and not playing a role in 2016 to having almost every calculated move pay off. This series is one that should be the start of one of the best post season runs ever. The winner most likely playing David Ortiz and the Boston Redsox in the next round, fireworks will fill every round of these 2016 playoffs.
Both the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays have suggested that they are focused on winning ballgames and are not focused on bad blood between the two franchises. We will all see if something develops, whether it be Toronto fans hitting a Ranger player with a cup of beer or a bullpen clearing skirmish. Something may happen and even thought these games are during the day, they are must see reality television without any scripts, Enjoy!