The sounds of silence. 16 comments


The off-season is filled with rumors and silence. Mostly silence.

When your team is trying to compete, that quiet can be a thrill, like the anticipation of good news, like when you were a kid and you were riding in a roller coaster that was slowly ascending that first hill, higher and higher and higher, and you’re not sure exactly what the ride is going to be like but you know it’s going to be an adventure.

For many teams, that’s what this off-season is like. Which player is coming to help us conquer October?

When your team is not trying to compete but simply trying to field the legally mandated number of players on the field, this off-season quiet is like when you were a kid riding in the back seat of the car on the way to the dentist and every mile you get closer your joy for life gets further and further and further away because you know what’s coming and you cannot believe your mom would do this to you.

For the rest of the teams, it’s the waiting room in the dentist agonizing over that moment when soon that door will open and your name will be called.

Welcome to Texas Rangers baseball 2019. This won’t hurt a bit, just just ignore this really long needle we are inserting into the hard roof of your mouth. We have a lot of cavities to fill. So sit back and forget about the pain. You should feel better in a few years.

  • calntom

    Rangers signed Sampson to a minor league deal to come in and compete for a job in 2019. I would expect more signings and trades over the winter. Maybe a major deal?

    Rangers fans number one complaint over the years has been concerning the development of in house pitching. Top of the list. Paramount without any doubt.

    Rangers have been working on this endeavor steadily for 18 months. I don’t see them shifting direction at this point to take steps backwards over concerns to field a competitive team this year. It takes trades, cash, development, patience and focus to build a pitching staff, just to name a few. Carry on Rangers FO.

    • dearmidol

      I just hope they can pull it off.

  • Rowdy Yates

    The sounds of silence should be common in Arlington Stadium this season with the empty seats and “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” … could be the walk up theme lyric for the entire team in 2019.

    But I’m still optimistic they may land a player of two that will get them to .500. Which would be a uuuuuge step forward.

    • Nathan Whitten

      I remember the off-season of 2010. Waiting to re-sign Lee. Waiting. He signs with Phils since “they have a better can to win.” Then I think it was in February, but won’t bet on it, that JD announces what has to be one of the best FA signings the Rangers have ever done. It could well be the best. Beltre. Not a pitcher, but he turned out to be far better than Cliff Lee could have ever been. Ironically, a good 3B would go a long way toward avoiding those words so eloquently written “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” as you alluded to. It won’t be the next AB, but it could be a player who makes a big difference in how the 2019 Rangers play. JD is not stupid, although I have wondered at times. Not only do fans stay away in droves when a team loses all of the time, it gets to the players. The core of the next great Ranger team is on the roster now. You have to give them a chance if you want to see them get better. Just having a fighting chance goes a long way in one’s attitude. So, your last 2 sentences sum up my feelings quite well.

    • dearmidol

      One benefit for sure is that the Ballpark has plenty of available seats so you can pretty much sit where you want to.

      • JacobMcCandles

        This year might even be worse…we don’t have a player to draw anyone. At least you could take in some Beltre this year……going to be a loooong year.

        • possumrld

          I think Gallo is a draw. But only long term, if he starts hitting for more average.
          Odor would also qualify, if he can catch fire.
          And some youngster might surprise everyone.
          That would be nice.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Poss…..there are players I like to watch and yep it’s the younger guys…Odor,Gallo,Guz….but no one I want to pay to see. I’m more inclined to pay to see Trout or the Tanks,Bosox,Houston

    • JacobMcCandles

      Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio

  • GoRangers23

    Good one, Kevin! 😅

  • possumrld

    “This will hurt, but just for a moment…”.

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-xTttimcNk

    Theme to Kevin’s thread…..

  • Rowdy Yates

    Think I said about a month ago that in college football there’s Alabama, the rest of the SEC and then everybody else. It is just amazing how much better they are than everyone else.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Pretty easy when you don’t have to recruit…

      • Rowdy Yates

        The “don’t have to recruit” came as a result of Saban’s excellence not the other way around. Almost every great high school player in the country wants to play for Saban and if they can’t play for him they want to play for another top tier SEC team. You think what he’s built in his career was “pretty easy”?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Its not Saban its notoriety and Championship potential they play for……Saban is way overrated if you take in his Pro failure. Yes he built something and yes SEC is the strongest conference but the point I made and stand by is he doesn’t have to recruit which you seem to agree with.