Those of us who are fans of the Texas Rangers are still haunted by 2011. Two innings in a row to win our very first World Series. Neftali Feliz needed one strike while Nelson Cruz needed one very standard outfield catch. But it wasn’t meant to be, that day.
After that second consecutive loss in the World Series, it felt like the Rangers franchise was a giant balloon that had all the air sucked out of it. After 2011, many of the best Rangers departed the franchise in order to make money elsewhere. Many Rangers fans thought that was the only chance for a long, long time. After a terrible year in 2014, it looked that the Rangers’ window had evaporated. 2015 was a rough start for the Rangers and the haters looked to be proven right.
But, not so fast… The Texas Rangers showed a fight that fans may not have expected last year. The team fought their way to a Wild Card play-in game that had an unfortunate ending. This team is quietly young. Yes, Adrian Beltre has many years under his belt and Prince is definitely passed his prime, but there is an unknown level of depth that could definitely emerge. Yu Darvish is making his first minor league start tonight, and looks to return to the AL West leaders very soon.
Everyone is talking about the Astros, but just wait a few years and see who is leading the AL West. The Rangers are quietly loaded with young players waiting for a chance to play. And the strike out king, Yu Darvish, is ready to return.
Watch out MLB, the Rangers are far from done.