Monday Morning Manager
The United States women’s soccer team did not have that privilege and now they are celebrating in Japan. Today was a national holiday in Japan anyway…not sure what it was…but they have a World Cup to celebrate and the Americans are left with another example of what Roger Kahn once wrote:
“Losing after great striving is the story of man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought.”
But the Rangers haven’t had to worry about that lately. They have won 11 straight and have a four game lead in the American League West going into a three-game series with the Angels as the Full Buck Moon wanes in the sky.
Maybe there is a knockout blow to be delivered but that seems unlikely. A sweep means a seven-game lead and that may be consequential but hardly insurmountable.
Not that anybody on the East Coast is paying attention, this series will be played in relative Yankees-Red Sox obscurity but that is the way it is in Bristol and on Madison Ave.
Still, this is one of six divisions – the best when it comes to pitching – and the July showdown begins on the Feast of St. Arsenius, who was the Bishop of Corfu.
July 19 was also the date of the Great Fire of Rome and, according to legend, that was when Nero played his fiddle.
They may be fiddling back on the Atlantic Seaboard while waiting for the next Red Sox-Yankees series but it is Rangers-Angels on Tuesday night in Anaheim
1. Was it the Rangers pitching or the Mariners offense this weekend in Seattle?
2. What is the significance of this series?
3. Do the Rangers need bullpen help?
4. Is the Rangers center field platoon of Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez sufficient for their purposes.
5. Are you paying attention to the NL Central race with Clint Hurdle managing the Pirates and Doug Melvin – all in – as the Brewers GM?