There’s no shortage of things to say about what people believed, or believe, to be true about the Texas Rangers. Most of the national and local media have changed their minds about this team, especially after a more than dominate four-game sweep of the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park.
But there are those who refuse to change anything about their opinion.
You can call it anything you’d like. You can not believe what you’re watching on the television, you can not make sense of it in your own mind what has transpired since the July trade deadline, and you can try to explain it away with your own analysis.
While you’re doing that, the rest of us in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex will enjoy what’s happening on the field because, in the end, that’s all that matters in the grand scheme of things.
Call it luck. Call it what you will. The Rangers are winning games and they’re doing so with a bullpen that has been lights out, an offense that is clicking on all cylinders, an outfielder that most wanted to run out of town a few months ago that is now one of the hottest hitters in baseball, and a catcher turned left fielder that is doing exactly what he did with the team when they made their two World Series runs in 2010 and 2011.
You don’t have to make sense of it. You don’t have to try to explain it away. And you certainly don’t want to admit to being wrong about the team being “terrible.”
The fans don’t care anymore. Their team is in first place. They just dominated the team to the south that was in first place when the series started. And their team has the momentum to lead them right into the playoffs and make the same kind of run they made just four and five years ago respectively.
They also have one national baseball writer picking them to win it all.
Luck? Maybe. Random? Not really.
A piece of paper, a pencil, a computer formula, and some math problems won’t allow you to explain away what this team is doing on the field.
The Texas Rangers are winning. They are in first place. They have a manager they believe in and will run through walls for. They believe in each other. And they are there to stay.