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The Rangers win 11-8. They take 3 of 4 from a good baseball team. All this, by pitching two rookies and a comedian behind Yu Darvish. Yet all the media can talk about is Miguel Cabrera's 3 HR.
Miggy is the best player in baseball. I'll offer no resistance to that. But this is what's wrong with sports coverage today. We celebrate the individual, not the team accomplishment.
No one is standing out, Darvish aside, on this Ranger team. They have great chemistry and just keep grinding. They have best record in baseball. Yet, when I tuned in to ESPN right after the game last night, they showed ONE Ranger highlight (Moreland's HR). It was all about Cabrera's home runs.
Who cares what you did last night, if YOU LOST THE CONTEST!
Here' an idea drseuss--GREEN EGGS & HAMBONE.
The Rangers are a World Series win or two away from being worth the media-weight of one Miguel Cabrera. Maybe not even then, although Darvish grabs headlines. The Tigers have a pitching star and a batting star, so they're almost as media friendly as the #Yankees and the #RedSox. And ESPN is definitely targeted to the low-information viewer, at least as far as baseball goes.
And that is why I've read two stories since last night that are basically, "How could Detroit lose, because #Miggy and #Verlander?" Rangers have one star, Detroit has two, Detroit wins 2-1, and you throw the fourth game out (or give it to Cabrera because #superstar.
This reminds me of Spurs fans saying they don't give enough play. Honestly, I couldn't care less what ESPN does or does not say about Texas. For a world wide leader in sports they sure employ a lot of dumbasses.
Excellent post drseuss. Thanks for bringing up an interesting subject in a thought-provoking way. Keep up the constructive contributions.
ESPN did the same with Hamilton. They put the player on a pedestal over the team. Especially the home run. Highlights every night are practically who hit a HR on which team. I enjoy the top defensive plays, so much better.
That's what ESPN is, a world-wide network. Not a DFW local network. I watched the game last night, and there was plenty of Ranger talk by the announcing crew. There was talk of Darvish and his strikeouts. There was talk of the pitching injuries that have plagued the Rangers. There was a lot of Cabrera talk. Of course there will be a lot of Cabrera and Verlander talk. I think there is little argument that Cabrera is the best hitter and Verlander is the best pitcher in the game now.
Ranger fans don't need to hear a lot about the Rangers, and Tiger fans don't need to hear a lot about the Tigers. It's hearing about the other teams that makes the national broadcasts interesting. I enjoyed hearing the different stories and ancedotes about Cabrera and Leyland, I found it interesting. Those are things you don't hear on Fox SW.
I'm ok flying under the radar. This team is my favorite Rangers team of all time. Mostly because they don't seem to have the drama in the clubhouse this year and have great clubhouse chemistry. Either way, 2 of the last 3 years, we were not supposed to compete for the division crown...in 2010 and 2011, the media expectations were low. In 2012, we were supposed to walk through the AL straight to the WS and see where that got us. Who cares what the media thinks. Go Rangers.
I'm ok with flying under the radar. My rant this morning had to do with the way the media covers sports, in general. It's like, since the Rangers have no superstar hitters, they don't really know what to comment on. I understand, though. The media is in the sales business. It's easier, right now, to sell the Tigers.
This is what the media sees when they look at your Rangers:
-An injured C, replaced by a punchless backup
-Yu Darvish and a mix of rookies and non-descript, 3-4 type starters
-A 1B that many regard as nothing more than average
-An injured 2B, replaced by who?
-A 3B that broke into MLB as Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire were having the great HR derby of 1998
-A SS that smiles a lot, but struggles to hit the ball more than a few hundred feet from home plate
-A bland, non-descript LF
-A CF platoon consisting of two unknown cats that don't hit HRs
-A RF better known for a ball he did NOT catch, than anything else
-Closer who seems to have been playing since the days of the Reagan administration
-A group of relievers that range from piñatas (Lowe, Kirkman) to unmemorable (Frasor) to the good, but unknown (Ross, Scheppers).
-A Manager, whom many believe couldn't spell CAT if you spotted him the C and the T
-A baseball team in football country (that just happens to draw 35K fans per night)
-An organization, whose most famous member stopped playing baseball 20 years ago
This, folks, is the make-up of the team with the best record in the sport. But why concern yourself with that, when you can drink beer and mindlessly watch Miguel Cabrera rake, then lose to the...... (who's that team, again)? Ah, who cares, I saw a dude hit 3 HRs.
Seuss, maybe I'm crazy, but the bullet points you have illustrated above are precisely the reason I love this team. Land to prime time starting pitcher or power hitting corner outfielder...or even better, don't add either and sign 3 or 4 bullpen pieces to replace Lowe, Kirkman and Fraser and I think we are set.
"-An injured 2B, replaced by who?"
Well, if you mean Garcia, then sure... However, the media has been all over the Profar call up. So there's that, the rest are true though....
S Fletcher wrote...>>"Seuss, maybe I'm crazy, but the bullet points you have illustrated above are precisely the reason I love this team. Land to prime time starting pitcher or power hitting corner outfielder...or even better, don't add either and sign 3 or 4 bullpen pieces to replace Lowe, Kirkman and Fraser and I think we are set.<<"
I agree with this entire statement.
Rangerbourne, let's hope that Wash plays Profar. No, lets PRAY that he plays him.
No kidding. I heard he gets the start tonight, but I havent seen the official lineup card yet.
drseuss - agree with the sentiment that the Rangers aren't as highly acclaimed as many lesser-performing teams. Part of the reason why it's so fun to watch this team.
However, I think your list severely underplays the public perception of a few of our key guys, namely Beltre, Cruz, Andrus, and the Profar call up.
But, overall yes, this team is not as sexy on paper as the Tigers or the Nationals, or as pre-season hyped as the Angels, Blue Jays or Dodgers. A testament to a complete organization, from top to bottom. If anyone subscribes to the Newberg Report, Saturday's report sums it all up perfectly - why this team is so great right now.
Check that it's Sunday's report called The First Quarter. http://www.newbergreport.com/article.asp?articleid=2973
This is what you get when you have the two most recent MVP winners playing against you. No denying Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball right now, and you could probably throw Verlander in a discussion with Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez for best pitcher in baseball, with Yu Darvish rapidly approaching the conversation.
There are, however, solutions. No matter who is playing on Sunday night, the ESPN broadcast team is going to suck. That's just the long and short of it. If you don't want to hear them slurping up every team with a fat payroll, then just put the mute on and continue about watching the game.
I'm sure there are a ton of teams, including the Tigers, who probably feel like "Ugh I hate that no one ever has anything bad to say about the Rangers."
We're 29-15. Why are we concerned that the media isn't vaulting us into "Perhaps one of the most talented rosters of all-time" like they did the first month of last season.
@drseuss: brilliance. On the Tigers, on the other hand, you have:
1) The widely believed best pitcher in baseball, newly minted for $200m.2) The widely believed best hitter in baseball, who just hit 3 dingers in a game for the 2nd time.3) A big 1B that hits lots of homers himself, having won the HR derby twice, and is also one of the best hitters in the game.4) 3 other proven quality starters, 2 of which are strikeout machines, and we know how everyone loves strikeouts.5) A dumpy closer with goofy glasses that's known for both a spotless save streak in 2011 and a colossal flop at the end of 2012 which left him without a job for a little while.6) A number of other players, some more noteworthy than many of the Rangers for various reasons (offhand, Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez, and possibly Austin Jackson, come to mind).
Also, the Tigers have been significantly more aggressive in their acquisitions/lockups in the last couple years than the Rangers have. In fact, the Rangers were notable this last offseason for being linked to a bunch of high-profile players and ending up signing or trading for none of them. On the other hand, the Tigers have 3 $20m+ players and an owner that wants to scratch a World Series win off his bucket list and seems to not really care how much it costs him. While the Rangers have a couple guys making more than $10m, they don't have any over $20m, and none of whom are either Verlander or Cabrera, who, as previously mentioned, are widely regarded as the best pitcher and hitter in the game.
As long as we're going down this route, Detroit is a much more storied franchise. They are almost 130 years old and have been in Detroit for all of that time, in which they have won 11 pennants and 4 World Series titles, and have employed such hall-of-famers as Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, and Al Kaline, among numerous others. The Rangers, on the other hand, are about 50 years old and have only been in Texas for 40 years. They have 2 pennants, both of which came in the last 3 years, and no WS titles. Their list of hall-of-famers includes Nolan Ryan and 7 other guys not in the same echelon as the aforementioned Tigers.
Point being, when in doubt, you can always pay more attention to the more storied franchise. See also: Yankees, New York and, to a slightly lesser extent, Red Sox, Boston. Also, again, in contrast to Detroit baseball for 130 years, Texas is football country. Not a true baseball town. We have it on good authority.
Even if the Rangers are the best in baseball (which is obviously debatable, but let's assume it for this sentence), they still have a ways to go before they can compete with teams like Detroit in terms of media coverage, let alone NYY or Boston.
Oops. That should say Detroit is 120 years old.
Well said, Andy. Definitely agree with your thoughts.
And I'll add, with Cabrera is in the middle of what could be am unprecedented season, I fully expect all broadcast teams to talk a great deal about him. Doesn't matter if it's a national broadcast or the opposing teams' local network.
I wonder if St. Louis fans feel neglected. Seems like their team has been treated much like the Rangers this year, sort of under the radar. They are 28-15, and play in a tougher division than Texas. I'd say their team makeup is pretty similar to Texas'. No major star, not-so-well-known pitching staff. I think half of their infield is unknown to many outside St. Louis. But they'll embrace the lack of mention and be there in October.
2010 and, to an extent, 2011, were really enjoyable because Texas was so neglected, at least until the playoffs when they forced their way into the national spotlight. This year seems much more similar to those years than last year, and I like that.
WAAAAGH-they didn't talk about us. BOO fuckin HOO.
Yes, there was plenty of reason for a national spotlight in 2012 after the 2011 WS, and especially given how ridiculous the Rangers looked to start the year. I think we all had high expectations, and even the media started getting in on the act. They didn't devote more coverage than they did to NYY and Boston, of course, but substantially more than Texas received just a year or 2 prior.
And yes, the Cardinals look like they might also be flying under the radar a bit in terms of media coverage. I just hope nobody pits the Rangers/Cardinals series this summer as a "possible World Series preview" because I've heard that thrown around several times the last few years...and it was never either of the teams mentioned.
@drsuess - great post. The Rangers "star" is gone (Hamilton). This will be a fun team to watch for several years.
slaughter in the making, due to inferior pitching. lose to anyone, but not the A's. depressing
Good post, Alan. Makes a lot of sense. Sorry about the tears ealier. Elaine, the Head Cashier, made me stay an extra hour to do cleanups in aisle 4 and aisle 6. That's okay, because I need the money, but when I got to the bus stop, all the seats were taken on the little bus. Dr. Goodness says it will be a little while longer before I can ride the bigger bus. So I had to wait for the next little bus, and didn't get to bed 'til late. Sean Tom was really angry. If you catch me yawning later tonight or tomorrow, that's why.
ESPN loves stars. Loves them. It rarely matters how they actually perform. I haven't watched Sportscenter or Baseball Tonight in years. MLB Network is much more willing to give air time to the lesser known player(s) who get the job done.
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