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Its only a game, then why do I hurt?

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The Texas Rangers were so close, and yet so far. It has been a while since I have written, I now fully understand why sports writers learn to be objective, it hurts too much to be a fan. Yes, I want to be positive but its hurts when your team doesn’t go all the way. The post season is a magnification of what is wrong with the team. We were asking a great deal from all of our players. Many of them very much injured or coming back from injury. Yes, you might think its time to point fingers but the reality is, you don’t know how someone is going to perform until they get out there. Still, for me there was this hope and love that I thought they would make it all the way and when Game 5  hit I was convinced that was the end all be all, we were going to win.  Oh that’s the problem when you give your heart away it get broken sometimes.

I saw a tweet from a former MLB player.  He talked about how the “bat flip”.  That the Rangers fans need not to be angry at the bat flip that if Beltre had done it we would have applauded it.  As a Ranger fan I was not offended by the bat flip, I was more offended by showing up my pitcher. Ranger fans are angry because we were so close and didn’t make it. This was supposed to be our year. We came back from last place, this was not how the story was supposed to go. The bat flip was the last straw.

It just goes to show how much fans love the game. We see the players love on the field. Who didn’t get a little misty when Beltre came out and started to cry. As fans we take possession of the team, they are not the Rangers they are our team. While we didn’t play in the field we did cheer for you, buy the tickets, buy the merchandise, support your charities. We made an emotional investment in you.  In the end after the tough loss of the series and going home, it hurts and no matter how much of a positive spin you put on it. It hurts.

Fandom is blind

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My Twitter pals asks “Anyone want to play fantasy baseball? Let me know.”
For me the answer is no. I am a fan of the game. I’m a fan of my Texas Rangers and I’m a Jayson Nix Super Fan. To be successful in fantasy baseball, you must remain objective. I don’t have that when it comes to my fandom. I would choose my favorite players.
My fantasy lineup would be
SS Jayson Nix (come on you knew that was coming)
3rd David Wright
C Salvador Perez
RF Shin-Soo Choo
LF Alex Gordon
1st Eric Hosmer
2nd Jose Altuve
CF Andrew McCutchen
Pitchers
Derek Holland
Brandon McCarthy
Brett Anderson
Darren O’Day
Corey Kluber
Zack Greinke

At Big League Weekend, I screamed that Martin was safe when he was out by a mile. I still remember the look that Elvis gave me while standing in the on deck circle. his look said “girl he’s out” Elvis, I know he’s out but with my fandom, I always think my guys are safe. My pitchers only throw strikes and my hitters never went around.

Now don’t worry if you think this blog is going to be a mushy mess of fandom, because believe you and me, I have some opinions on what all the teams need to do to get better. Jayson Nix does this thing when he goes up to bat that drives me up the wall. I think it screws with his timing.
This is why I write about all of baseball. I can write what I think about the other teams and players. For my Texas Rangers and Jayson Nix I will TRY to keep my fandom in check.