For those expecting a diatribe of all the things the Rangers’ front office needs to do to right the ship before it sinks in the AL West, this is not the article.
No, short and sweet, this is the drastic action that needs to occur. Your humble scribe is going to make no attempt to watch or listen to the first two games of the weekend series with the 2nd place Angels. No attempt whatsoever. No TV, no radio, no bringing up Gametracker on MLB.com or any other sports website while the game is being played.
There’s a method to this here madness. When the wife and I went on a week and a half vacation in early July, ignoring games on a daily basis, the Rangers went and ripped off a 13-game winning streak, most of it not even remotely witnessed by yours truly.
The last winning streak, a mere two weeks ago, largely occurred on a West Coast road trip, thus I could only watch part of the games before having to get my beauty rest.
In other words, Texas seems to do better without me watching every breath they take, every move they make, every vow they break and every step they take.
This new attitude o’ mine started last night, the second the Red Sox extended their lead to 6-0 in the third consecutive wretched pitching performance from a Rangers starter, in this case Alexi Ogando. Now, the Rangers didn’t come back to win the game after I turned off the TV in disgust. At the same time, the score never got worse after I had finally had enough punishment for three days. It remained 6-0 to the very end.
So I figure if I don’t pay them no never mind, maybe they’ll win the next two. At least one win is essential this weekend. Lose all three and the team will suddenly find themselves in second place with six games against Tampa Bay and three more with the Red Sox coming up next and six of those nine on the road. Not a good position to be in.
Please guys. Win without me. You’ve done it before. This weekend it’s time to do it again!