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1 year ago tonight, we were at the edge of our seats, hugging our friends in anticipation two different times, but that last strike never came. I guess I was wondering if others are still skrewed up from it too. I honestly am not sure that I didn't think about it at least once every single day this past year. I Still get that sickening feeling in my gut. A game 6 memory will pop in my mind at any given time through out my day. And a lot of "what if's" goes along with it. Mentally scarred i suppose. I wonder how many years will pass by till that last out comes.
I don't think about it every single day, but certainly on more than one occasion per week. I've had my mind on too much other shit going on in my life over the last 12 months to put that much weight on a baseball game, but it's certainly nothing close to the next-worst moment in my sports-loving life.
The fact of the matter is, sports will never be the same again.
I reminisce over that game every now and then... The "what could've been" factor, the "will it ever be that close again in my lifetime?", kind of thought, and as difficult as it is to say, I've come to terms that it was just a game.
The weight and gravity of that game is unparalleled in the history of Rangers baseball, and it truly does have that sort of "it shall not be named, bury it now" feeling to it, but game 6 will always be a part of us. I have honestly not found a catharsis for game 6, I've simply pushed it away in my mind from affecting my love for the game of baseball, as I have established that it's over and done with. But to be honest, I don't think I will ever find a true release from game 6 until, or if ever, the Rangers can finish the job. And until, or if ever, the Rangers get close to accomplishing this feat, game 6 will always be there to ponder about during those occasional moments of deep thought.
On a side note, if 2012 taught us anything, it's that the playoffs truly are a monumental crap shoot. Not that that's supposed to make one feel any better, but it does put into perspective the incredibly slim odds of achieving WS glory, even despite having a top notch team.
Gotta love the game of baseball!
i remember it anytime a ball goes to Nelly
Yea, also anytime I see a "Gulf" sign. And now it's on our right field wall too.
I don't think about it unless someone brings it up. Life is too short to waste it dwelling on the past. What's done is done, hopefully we'll get another shot to bring home a WS.
I do, but happily I remember another game six just as well.
Im glad someone else thinks about it on a daily basis. I thought I was the only one.I try not to dwell on it and think about it, but I was just so emotionally invested in the team that its hard not to think about it. Its like your girlfriend you loved so much broke up with you in such a horrendous way, its just hard to let it slip your mind so quickly. I tried not to care about the team this year, knowing the chances of them winning a world series are slim, no matter how good they were, but sadly that diminished on opening day when Colby Lewis walked the leadoff batter. Dylan De La Aza. What could have been, ladies in gents, what could have been.
LOL@ Colby Lewis. But yea that's thing, it's more of random out of control thoughts that just hit me more than just sitting around dwelling on it..........a lot of good points here though.
Does it hurt? Yes. Always will, but I still love the Rangers!!
Anyone who thinks of game 6 when Nelson Cruz catches a fly ball seriously lacks basic critical thinking skills. You might want to seek help if you are that mentally fragile.
Not everyday, but watching anything Cardinals this year brought it up like it was yesterday. My wife and I love baseball and watch very World Series, but if the cardinals went, No way. I feel lucky to have my team in 2 years in a row, but really thought on Sept 25, we were going again.
Our team will change a lot Andy will miss Josh, but not his effort the last few weeks. I am also a Wash supporter but he overplayed the starters and every thing that needed tone said about Young has been said.
I still think about it now and then. And Mike G. pretty well described my thoughts as well.
Everytime I think about "Game 6" I got back and watch the video badspllr posted...it always makes me feel better.
It's not that you dwell on it, but rather IT dwells on you. Believe me, im sure all of us that think about it constantly don't intentionally do it or want to think about it. It's just like any other horrendous event that you witness in your life. I was lucky enough last year to go to every playoff game except world series game three ( I sold that game to cover the cost of the postseason package). I graduate college this spring and will have to get a real job/life and I doubt I can ever be that emotionally invested in the Rangers ever again. It's like running a marathon and then passing out right at the finish line and waking up a loser
It's still hard to accept that our trophy was stolen in the most excruciating way possible by a team that only made the playoffs on the final day of the season because Craig Kimbrel blew a save against the Phillies who had nothing to play for.
TBH it hurt to even see a Cardinals highlight on ESPN this year. I just tried to turn my head and pretend that team, that city, those fans didn't exist. Watching the playoffs made me want to vomit, especially looking at Freese, Holliday, Carpenter, Molina, Motte, etc. I was very glad they lost but it was a hollow feeling because the Rangers were also out.
It was a lot like being a Mavs fan following 2006. Those were different circumstances because the Mavs were outright robbed by the league whereas the Rangers just caught a bad break against a team that caught every single good break over the last few years (until Pence's broken bat line drive last week).
The problem in both cases is that on one hand you know no matter how well the team plays in the regular season, there is just no guarantee the team will ever get another opportunity like that again. But on the other hand, every little bump in the road during the regular season is intensified and makes it seem like this year will never be our year.
I had never been so emotionally invested in almost every game as I was this season, due in large part to the "Championship or bust" feeling after the debacle a year ago, and as long as the team continues to be playoff caliber it's just gonna be hard to wean myself off that mentality. Mavs fans were finally made whole in 2011, hopefully the Rangers don't take even that long to do the same.
Sorry for the rambling hopefully the offseason picks up soon so we can discuss baseball again.
The way I look at it, as shitty of a moment as it was, it's only made me a smarter, more open-minded sports fan. I can live with that.
@ jondar. Yep I agree with everything u said. You're right every bump little bump in the road this season and I was extremely dramatic. Perfect example. That first blown save Nathan had back in beginning of April, I turned to my friend and said, "watch we're gonna lose the west by 1 game" (god.can't believe that really happened) and watching the cards was rough, hell seeing Busch stadium at all makes my stomach turn. Everytime I see a batter in the box I think of hamilton's go ahead bomb then it going to waste.
@eric. Good point, trying to dig deep and come up with some positives from this is something I've tried practicing too. Only thing is that I had this little fantasy that 2012 rangers we're going to stick together and not let that World Series beat the life out of them and prevail, but guess I was wrong. I just wonder if that game took a toll on all of them in some subconscious way. I know players would never admit it. But think about all the different emotions they went through in 2011, all the hard work, all the things that went right, all the chemistry between them all, and then at the end they're just raped. I wonder how much it contributed to destroying their chemistry when the season got tense at the end this year. If they won the World Series last year would 2012 been different?
I remember right after it happened saying that all we can hope for as fans is for your team to play well enough to win the title. We can basically say the Rangers did that. It really sucks they won't be remembered as the champs for that season but a 2-run lead in the last at-bat TWICE in the same clinching game, you would take that every single time. The rest is fate and unless you're of the mind that God cares about sporting events there is really no one to blame.
Dude, if you aren't like working for the Rangers organization or involved in it personally, and you think about Game Six every day, you have issues. That is just bottom line, and I am not trying to be an asshole. You are clearly projecting other stuff in your life onto baseball. And I think we probably all do that to some degree, we fan atics. But seriously, one needs to know when shit goes too far.
As someone who grew up going to rangers games year in and year out, seeing losing season after losing season, watching three straight series losses to the dreaded yankees, I completely understand that feeling described here and don't think there is any thing mentally wrong about it. I'm still a baseball fan and currently having to watch teams and players we've played against and had the opportunity to take it all against but never have. It's why we watch sports. If I were a true mavericks fan, maybe I would have felt that satisfaction when Dirk took it down against Wade and Lebron. I'm happy for Dirk and it was something great for Dallas and basketball but to be honest when the Rangers beat the NYY for their first time will always be the most exciting moment in sports and until we take it down it will always be that moment I think about when I have to fight off game 6 nightmares.
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