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Brooks Robinson died yesterday. Growing up a Reds fan, I should have hated Brooks Robinson the player. But I didn’t.  He single-handedly destroyed Cincinnati in the 1970 World Series, making sparkling play after sparkling play at third, killing rallies, ripping out the hearts of Reds fans.  That World Series, he […]

Back to back to back.

Three home runs in a row. Six wins in a row. Twelve wins in their last sixteen. It seems the Rangers have snapped out of their deep funk. What a difference having a healthy offense makes. The Rangers lineup, one through nine, is pretty potents. Semien, Seager, Lowe, Jung, Garcia, […]

Blueprint for success.

The Rangers followed their blueprint for success.  1. Hit six home runs. 2. Score nine runs. 3. Have at least a five-run lead when you turn it over to the bullpen. 4. Hold on for dear life. For the second straight game against the Mariners, the Rangers took a big […]

Rangers up lead to 1.5 games.

It’s never easy. And it’s never clean. But the Rangers bullpen held tight again. Somehow. With a razor-thin 2-0 lead after seven brilliant innings by Jordan Montgomery, Bruce Bochy threw caution to the wind and went with his bullpen.  He plucked Jose Leclerc from the top of the scrap heap […]

Carter and Jung.

The Rangers are back in first place, the only way they know how. Outscoring their bullpen. They jumped to an 8-0 lead, then hung on to an 8-5 victory, leaving bases loaded, and leaving everyone in Rangers Nation with high blood pressure and missing clumps of hair. The kids won […]

Mad dash.

So here we are. The mad dash to the finish line. Houston is a half game ahead of Seattle and Texas. Houston has nine games left. Seattle ten. Texas ten. The Astros play the Royals for three, the Mariners for three, then the Diamondbacks for three. The Mariners have three […]

Off to the races.

Today is the last off day of the regular season for the Texas Rangers.  The next ten games will determine how many off days they  have beyond that. The race couldn’t be any tighter and the stakes couldn’t be any bigger. Houston leads the AL West by half a game over […]

Beware of flying pigs.

The moon was not blue. No cows came home. Pigs are not sharing airspace with 777s. Every once in a while, though, the cosmic tumblers click just right and land on the correct combination. This is a team that cannot score late runs to win a game and cannot prevent […]

No words.

No words. None needed. None deserved.  *****

Rangers continue being the Rangers.

Being a Rangers fan has always been difficult. This franchise has been mostly irrelevant for its entire existence. There are six teams to have never won a World Series. The Rangers are one of them. All three American League teams to have never won it all are still in the hunt […]