ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers (2nd from L) celebrates with Yorvit Torrealba #8 of the Texas Rangers (L), Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers after Murphy hit a home run against the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
In about 51 hours, everything that happened in the previous six months will fade away, and a second season will start, one much shorter, much tenser, with much more riding on every play and every pitch.
Having gone to the World Series last season, there seems to be a sense among some folks that anything short of winning it all will be a disappointment, that we as fans somehow shouldn't be satisfied with any less than a championship.
But to me, whatever happens in the postseason, happens. I think the Rangers are the best team in the American League right now. I think they can win it all.
But at the same time, anything can happen in a short series, and the Rangers could -- could -- find themselves out after three games.
Whatever happens in the next few days or weeks, this has been a terrific, a special, a memorable season, and its been a great ride the past six months.
In 2002, Warren Zevon, who had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, was on the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman asked him if there was anything that he understood now that he was facing his own mortality. Zevon responded, "Just how much you're supposed to enjoy every sandwich."
Whatever happens going forward, take some time today to think back about the 2011 Texas Rangers, and enjoy what we've experienced. This is supposed to be fun for us, and this season exemplifies how much fun it can be.
Win or lose in October, this is a great season, and we as Rangers fans should be proud of this team and what it has accomplished. Whatever happens the rest of the way, I want to go on record now as saying I'm going to remember this season, like last season, as a great year, and that I think that this has been a successful season, whether the Rangers defeat the N.L. representative in the World Series or get swept in three games by Tampa.