Look, I get that the Texas Rangers had a great opportunity to win the division over the weekend, and let it slip through their fingers. I also understand that there is some frustration with this team that started out so incredibly hot in April and May, to only regress back to the mean of being a good team and not a great one. But the fact remains that the 2023 Texas Rangers are in the playoffs, and as a team, and as their fans, we should be extremely proud and excited.
This trip to the postseason will mark only the ninth time that Texas has ventured past the regular season. Nine times for a franchise that came to Arlington in 1972 (and also spent 1961-1971 as the Washington Senators) in case you were wondering, is not very often. But you know what, we still love our Rangers. We still love baseball, and we should still love it when we do make the playoffs. I understand that I am more than likely preaching to the choir here, but as fans we should be fired up that our boys are going to be mixing it up in some playoff baseball this week.
As for the players, what a great opportunity for these guys to be able to play on the big stage of the playoffs. The atmosphere is different, the game is played a bit different, and the outcomes are more final. They work all their baseball lives for a shot at the postseason. There are no guarantees in sports and to make it into the tournament is an accomplishment worth being fired up about.
Corey Seager to play in 62nd playoff game while Texas Rangers to play in 53rd
While we do have some players on our roster with extensive playoff experience, we have far more with little to none. Corey Seager is one player that has had a massive amount of playoff experience, including a World Series ring and World Series MVP trophy. He has played in 61 playoff games which is more than all of the Texas Rangers playoff games combined, which is 52.
Think about that for a second. When the Texas Rangers take the field tomorrow against Tampa Bay, it will be the clubs 53 playoff game ever. As fans we follow our team through the offseason transactions, the five weeks of spring training every year, and then a 162-game regular season that plays out over 6 months, all for a chance at the postseason.
Making the playoffs is never guaranteed. You only have to look at this year's San Diego Padres or New York Mets to see examples of high priced teams that didn't make the postseason. And then there is the sad story of Mike Trout. Arguably one of the best to ever play the game, and after 13 seasons he has played in a grand total of one playoff game. Again, the postseason is never guaranteed and making it should not be taken lightly.
The Rangers are in the playoffs. Will it last two games or will it end with the raising of the commissioner's trophy? Your guess is as good as mine. Either way don't miss the moment that is right in front of us. Have fun, and let's cheer on the Rangers as they head into the postseason.