One night in October

 

It’s great to win, but it’s also great fun just to be in the thick of any truly well and hard fought contest against opponents you respect, whatever the outcome.”
Jack Nicklaus

“The majority of people pull for the underdog. Heck, even your friends don’t like you to be too successful. We’ve lost enough over the years for me to maintain my friendships.”
Darrell Royal

So Bobby Valentine is out as the Red Sox manager and Buck Showalter is back in Arlington.

Jerry Narron is still the bench coach with the Brewers, Kevin Kennedy is on television somewhere in Los Angeles, Toby Harrah is Minor League hitting coordinator for the Tigers, Pat Corrales was last seen with the Nationals, Whitey Herzog is in the Hall of Fame, Don Zimmer is a Senior Advisor with the Rays and Doug Rader hasn’t been heard from in years.

Maybe Rader got his wish and finally became a Tahitian War Lord.

There, that’s your ex-Rangers manager update.

Valentine was big news on Thursday when his one-year term with the Red Sox came to an end. Showalter has been big news all season in leading the Orioles to the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Actually he hasn’t led the Orioles to the playoffs, at least not yet. Right now he has led them to the playoff: a one-game wild card playoff under the new format introduced by Major League Baseball.

The irony is these two teams would still have a one-game playoff under the old format because they finished with the same record. The only difference is the game would have been played yesterday.

Not sure who the Rangers would have pitched since all their starters would have been working with three days rest or less after the rainout on Saturday and the Sunday doubleheader.

But now Yu Darvish pitches on four days rest against left-hander Joe Saunders for the Orioles, a pitcher the Rangers have beaten up pretty good in the past. But they have done a lot of things in the past that they haven’t done lately…like make 5-1 leads hold up.

The Rangers spent $108 million to bring Darvish to the United States this winter, now they’ll get to see if he is worth the money.

Said former U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover, “They all have excellent resumes… So what I’m trying to find out is how they will behave under pressure.”

Actually Darvish has six years to prove that, it would be unfair to suggest that one game should be the barometer. But, at this time of the year, there are going to be a lot of suggestions – fair or not – being put forth if the Rangers lose this game.

Anybody notice what kind of year Chris Davis had with the Orioles?

The Rangers bid for an American League dynasty hangs on one game. Win and they get the Yankees.

Lose and things could get really interesting at the corner of Ballpark Way and Randol Mill Road.

Guess it would be appropriate to bring up Josh Hamilton right now, maybe the one person in baseball who has been scrutinized as much as Bobby Valentine or Stephen Strasburg.

Or maybe we need to wait at least 24 hours on that one before we start talking about more ex-Rangers.

One game.

3 Comments

What an extremely negative message. I am disappointed.

The Goal of 30 teams each year is to reach the post season with a chance to go deep into the playoffs, 20 teams were not able to get that done.
We have a game to play tonight, AND THAT’S A GOOD THING, so I’m not worried about Pat Corrales,Don Zimmer, Doug Radar or any other former Ranger manager or player right now. They can’t hit a fastball or turn a double play.
So In the words of the great Ernie Banks. LET’S PLAY TWO. We’ve got win tonight for that to happen.

Rangers need to remember what “Friday Night Lights” coach Eric Taylor told his players: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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