When you take a five-run lead before the other team has even stepped to the plate, you should win.
Teams that blow that lead shouldn’t even think about the post-season.
Upset about comments that the Rangers were done for the season, manager Jeff Banister, full of bluster and hubris and external delusion, said he will relish the comments of everyone who is counting out his team.
As if there will be World Series victory party in Arlington this season and he is going to get up on a platform and personally call out everyone who said they couldn’t do it. (Mention me first, please.)
The latest comment counting out his team, though, come from his team.
You can’t make a much stronger statement that this is not a playoff-contending team than yesterday’s game against the Twins
You can’t make a much stronger statement that this is not a playoff-contending team than blowing a 5-0 lead, than being five games under .500, on August 7, than being closer to dead last in your division than to a wild card.
It’s Banister’s job to keep fighting until the very end. And a manager doesn’t have to be honest with the press. But, in the immortal words of Josey Wales, “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”
We can tell the difference. Even if you can’t.
NO GAME TODAY.