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Well we all feel like our sports soul was yanked out of our bodies, mocked and then pissed on... but DAMN WHAT A RIDE!!1. Lots of things to point too and say "If only" and "what if" but a remarkably good run. I know they are professionals, and are the best of the best of the best, hopefully there will be no lingering effects or loss in confidence ( I worry a little about a couple of them ). Perhaps after a little time the players can come back together, with the same resolve, committed to play hard, stay with the team, and keep going till we DO win the whole damn thing.!
This is a wonderfully talented YOUNG team with awesome potential for a long run at the very top of the League. Everyone has a story about their favorite Ranger moment of the past 50 years, but man it's never been better... I feel bad for the guys to get so far and come up a little short. Tough games, with great opponents.
I'll be there on opening day...
Right on! When do pitchers and catchers report.....
To some extent, I can sympathize with this post. At the beginning of the year, I didn't expect the team to get very far. So when they won the ALDS, I thought the season was a success no matter what else happened.
But to be honest, the way they lost the World Series was pretty devastating for me as a fan. It really was an epic meltdown. You sort of wonder whether this group can ever recover from that. I think this is going to hang over the Rangers organization for a long time. Probably would've been better if they had not made it back to the fall classic.
Then again, it's just a game and there's always next season.
Written like someone who just caught the bus. Those of us who have been on this bus ride 20+ (or more) years don't feel so happy this morning, well, at least, I don't.
One problem you die hard longtime Rangers fans needs to understand, you need those of us that just caught the bus to be a competitive team over the long haul. Why you would bitch about another fan trying to take a positive view after that is beyond me.
Next time you see some family, or some of the cocaine and boob job set out at the ball park, or some dumb ass trying to start the wave you need to get down you your knees and thank them for coming to the ball park and helping pay the way. The die hard Ranger fan is still too small a segment to support a large market payroll team. With a decade or two of winning that will change.
Not sure if the bus comment was directed at me but if it was you are waaaaaay off base. I started with this team in 86 when my family moved to Arlington. As a family my brother, sister, and parents were regular fixtures at the old ball park. I remember the first time we heard the crowd cheering for Buschelle after his introduction and, my mother asking "why are they booing that player"? ( just thought about that)
I'm about as die hard as they come, and have already started trying to instil the same team loyalty in my in children (my 4yr old can already tell you the line up, and what positions they play. Next year we'll work on stats.
I'm terribly disappointed because I have spent 25 years following and rooting for this team. I just refuse to believe that we have to completely deny ourselves any joy for what they DID accomplish.
Well, i have been a fan ever since i moved back to texas when i was 7. I love this team winning, and then winning pennants. I really hope we have gained more "real fans" from this season. Not like all the morons commenting on ESPN that the rangers choke, and cruz=buckner. I feel that everyone here at bbtia are the true fans.
What a ride gentlemen.
3rd time's the charm.
I've probably seen about 99% of all the Rangers' games since 2004 and have closely followed this team religiously in that time. The Rangers have made an unbelievable turnaround to say the least. The 2010 season certainly felt magical, nobody can deny that, but losing the 2010 World Series to the Giants didn't seem like a mammoth disappointment due to the fact that beating the Yankees for the AL Pennant was more than a thrill, and that the Rangers were in unchartered territory. The 2011 season felt very different right from the get-go; with an expectation to revisit the promised land. It's been a LONG journey, and after Game 6 of the World Series, I found myself realizing the fact that I have put so much built-up hope into something that I have absolutely no control over, that it actually felt like a devastating blow to my overall hopes themselves. I have since come to terms with this in the past 48 hour, and somehow found solace in what the Rangers have achieved, despite being upon the altar of glory twice in one disastrous game. This agony will eventually subside, and the Rangers will soon be back on the field for 2012. I just hope the Rangers can erase this cloud above their heads, and get back to playing ball. The team I love can do nothing to stop my fandom, I'll always be a fan. I'm a Rangers fan until I die, hopefully we can win that elusive World Series title before I die...
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