Texas Rangers: What Does It Mean To Play For Pride?

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Elvis Andrus
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Elvis Andrus /

The Texas Rangers season is pretty much finished. The American League West title is no longer in Arlington and the Rangers are 5.0 games behind in the American League wild-card standings. Only 13 games remaining. The only thing left to do is play for pride.

Now although the Texas Rangers lost the American League West championship, there’s one title they can still retain. The Silver Boot, which they’ve retained for the past two seasons. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Rangers went 28-10 against the Houston Astros.

Retaining the Silver Boot is a big part as far as playing for pride. In the Rangers’ case, it may their only pride. This season, Texas is 7-9 against Houston. In order for the Silver Boot to remain in Arlington, the Rangers will have to sweep Houston in their final series.

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The Rangers are 73-76. As mentioned before, they have 13 games left to play. Six on the road and seven at home. All of them against A.L. West counterparts.

Today the Rangers had the day off. They very likely needed it. Tomorrow they begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners. Last week, Seattle was in Arlington, beating the Rangers three times in the four-game series. The fact that each of Seattle’s wins in that series was by at least six runs adds insult to injury for the Rangers.

So if the Rangers plan to finish this season in stride, then the first thing they have to do is win their series in Seattle. Winning this series would certainly bring pride.

What it means to play for pride is to play the game and still have fun. It’s an all-sport thing. The Rangers need to play their best and finish this season with their heads up so they can get ready for 2018. The Rangers have 13 games left and they need wrap up their season with a winning effort. It’s all about staying positive and finishing it all in stride.