In the big picture, the Texas Rangers‘ impending three-game set with the Oakland A’s is pretty inconsequential.
While we’re not saying to not watch the Rangers this weekend, it should be pretty clear that whatever does happen this weekend at Globe Life Field will pale in comparison to the other events taking place around the same time, namely the 2021 MLB Draft.
As we’ve written in the space countless times before, what Texas decides to do with the No. 2 overall pick on Sunday will determine a lot about how the organization will proceed into the future of this rebuild. No pressure, or anything.
And rightly so, the Rangers haven’t had a pick this high since 1974. A lot rides on the front office and scouting teams doing the right thing on Sunday.
With so many other things on the line for the Texas Rangers this weekend, it’ll hard to focus on the actual baseball going on
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It’s all we, the fans, can think about right now. Even amidst a Joey Gallo hot streak and his selection to the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, this upcoming draft means more than we’ll ever know. Not to be too dramatic, of course.
The Texas Rangers will probably have another top-five pick in 2022 as well, and this series against the Oakland A’s should advance that cause. We’ve resigned ourselves to this reality and have from the outset of 2021.
So why even pay it much attention? Especially with so much on the horizon.
Never tell the players or coaches this though. They’re still grinding through a 162 game season and they’re expected to show up day in and day out. But from a fan perspective, so much else is at stake that, quite frankly, it’s difficult to find any meaningful reason to catch this weekend’s action at GLF against the A’s.
I know with the MLB Draft, All-Star Game, Futures Game and Home Run Derby coming up, my plate is full.