One in a Brief Series: How Do Texas Rangers Fans Make It Through the Day After Last Night?

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When you're put in tonight, C.J., yes, do that.
I'm having a rough day; from the sound of it, many of you are too. On the drive in to work today, this version of Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up" came up on the iPod, randomly shuffled. I had to pull over. I asked Jamey Newberg: "How do Rangers fans just make it through the day?" To which he responded:

"I'm not sure I'm the one to ask. There's the party line for this team: They're as resilient a team as I've ever paid attention to in my life. It's almost silly how they're able to put things behind them and move on, and a lot of that's Wash. That's one of the special things about this team -- they don't let these things linger. They're much better at it than I am, and it gives me inspiration to follow suit."

That said: "I feel physically ill today. It's more than just a sports hurt. I don't feel well. And I felt great during the game: tons of epic fail and classic moments. And now I feel like crap."

Jamey wrote this today, if only to make himself feel better. We're old friends, as you may know; we used to trade baseball cards when we were kids. We talked for a long time this morning abut how it's OK to feel awful -- that's when you know you're a sports fan.

Says the man who was the first to coin the phrase "Napoli Ever After," far as I can tell: "The great moments wouldn't be that great if they weren't bounce-backs from The Great Suck." Slap that on a tee.

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Velvetcurtain
Velvetcurtain

Really? People let a f***ing baseball game ruin their day? What a joke : )

smijca
smijca

Last night's loss was painful because I, for one, was going with my gut feeling and it told me that we were going to win it. I was this close to popping out my own damn bottle of champagne, actually. Alas, it was not meant to be but after a good night's rest and not tuning in to sports talk as I was wont to do after a game I feel quite excited.

Also, Robert, THIS: "'Says the man who was the first to coin the phrase "Napoli Ever After," far as I can tell: "The great moments wouldn't be that great if they weren't bounce-backs from The Great Suck."'

Everyone keeps talking about the Cards being the team of destiny this and that but what if, in the end, last night was not won because our Rangers are actually meant to get that win on a high note, without the sloppy errors or the horrendous pitching that plagued our bullpen? Or because they are meant to win this the way they've won this series: after troubling/heart-wrenching/unbelievable losses that put them firmly in the corner of the underdog?

You talk about great wins in history: If our Rangers can pull out a win against Carpenter, with the Josh and Cruz sprained groins and Napoli soldiering through the ankle and Harrison, who first took the mound in what would become the 16-7 blowout, keeping us in it and maybe CJ Wilson making it his mission to come in and do some standout relief pitching at a crucial moment in the game? Man, sports media won't know what to do with themselves.

I, for one, am eager to see our Rangers play COMPLETE Rangers baseball. The Cruz miss and the Andrus toss to first instead of the easy second? The offense with flaky and shoddy defense?Those weren't our Rangers. So I guess what I'm saying is will our real Rangers (please) stand up tonight?

I can't wait to find out.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I already feel better. From John Blake, Rangers PR man: "NATIONALANTHEM will be performed by Chris Daughtry, lead singer from themulti-platinum rock band 'Daughtry.'"

Michael G. Malloy
Michael G. Malloy

I woke up still upset.  It feels like somebody died.  I have lost all hope.  Rangers, please bring me a miracle tonight and alleviate all this sports pain.  

Bjkitrel
Bjkitrel

You Ranger fans must realize that you can't stop destiny. The Cardinals are a team of destiny.So it may be to your advantage to head out now to replenish your tissue supply, because I know after tonights game they'll be a shortage in the Dallas area. Better luck next year. So sorry.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I spending the day here at "work" watching motivational baseball scenes from movies on You Tube. My customers are just going to have to understand. I feel like my spine has been ripped out by the Predator in Commando.

ignoreLander
ignoreLander

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffin glue.

Ben
Ben

Pretty sure last night I would see Mark McGwire pinch hit. He was down there with batting gloves on in the 11th, with a bat and I thought he is not wearing all that costume for nothing. What happened last night was so bad that it has not even sunk in yet. Still shellshocked. Like when you find out your grandmother dies and it takes a few days to sink in.Scary thing is that if you watch a bunch of Rangers games you know that Felix was gonna start walking people. One after the other. Sure enough he did just that. You also knew old Chavez was going to continue his 0-for streak.A guy I work with loaded a blackpowder muzzleloading pistol in the 9th inning to shoot off his deck when the Rangers won. He's now in a pickle because it still sits loaded(double load of gunpowder) at his house. He sure as hell can't shoot it if the Rangers don't win tonight. Pretty damn hard to unload too.The most stunning graphic they showed last night was the list of MLB teams with the longest World Series drought. Cubs at 103 years. This whole Rangers World Series is a once in a lifetime deal.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

BaD is playing the speech on the open today...tune in now!  The inches we need are everywhere around us, on this team we FIGHT today!

I'm FIRED UP AGAIN!!! LET'S WIN THIS THING!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

"I feel physically ill today. It's more than just a sports hurt. I don't feel well. And I felt great during the game: tons of epic fail and classic moments. And now I feel like crap."

Precisely how I feel today, sportscry is welled up in my head..I need a beer..and a Ranger's victory to warsh away the pain from last night.  Go Rangers!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Let's all hope that God talks to Josh again. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s...

Seriously, I'm ill today. I want to believe in this team and to be honest, I should. With the amount of work the Cardinals bullpen put in last night, if Harrison can get us through 6 and tied, I really like our chances. I fear Berkman more than Pujols right now. Any predictions? I say Rangers 7-5. Neffy comes up with said score and shuts them down. He did his job last night, the play wasn't made to end the game.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

No time for psychiatrists' couches or spilled milk clean-up, time for our championship.  Our guys didn't come this far to fail.  Today is the day we WILL remember.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm chalking it up to the baseball gods requiring the Rangers go through this one last hurdle to fulfill their destiny.

John Thomas
John Thomas

I feel numb. It was like a huge ejaculation of emotions in that game. Now I am spent and have to 'reload'. Hopefully I will be ready by game time tonight.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I felt sick, woke up felt worse, went to the doc and now I have bronchitis and pneumonia. Thanks rangers!!!!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

MLB. Never met an Idol contestant they didn't like.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

Oh well, that settles it.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

David Freese is posting on Unfair Park from his home in St Louis? Wow!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Don't you have a squirrel to go gently caress and give eskimo kisses to? Make sure to book an appointment with your doctor for the rabies shots.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Rangers and 'stros tied (if you count the Senator years)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If I ever run into the sports gods, I'm gonna kick them straight in the front of their robes....hard!

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Cruz is what he is... Home run hitting, power throw to the plate magician.

Willie Mays in the field? Nope.

LOTS of errors and misplays in that game. I'm not dog piling Cruz.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Nelly really is somewhat of a fielding butcher out there. I think indecision whether to go all out for the catch versus cutting it off and holding them to 1 run killed him. His mind just doesn't work quickly enough when a ball is hit.

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