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Deja vu all over again

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This season reminds me a lot of the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

If you recall, the 2001 season started with the Rangers playing in Puerto Rico. Alex Rodriguez, in his first game as a Ranger, made an error on the first ball hit to him. Rick Helling got shelled. Former Ranger Esteban Loaiza mowed down the Rangers. Texas lost, 8-1.

In 2002, Chan Ho Park, in his first game as a Ranger, on Opening Day, got shelled. He went on the d.l. soon thereafter, and I think we all know what happened after that.

But those two seasons, with two different general managers -- Doug Melvin in 2001, John Hart in 2002 -- and two different managers, everything seemingly backfired.

Melvin signed Andres Galarraga and Ken Caminiti. They were terrible. He traded for Rob Bell. He posted an ERA over 7 in 18 starts. He traded for Aaron Myette. Myette posted an ERA over 7 in 15 starts. He signed Mark Petkovsek, who had been Mr. Reliable for the Angels. Petkovsek was terrible. He traded Aaron Harang for Randy Velarde, who was then traded halfway through the season. Tim Crabtree was given the closer job. He was awful. Darren Oliver had the worst season of his career. Kenny Rogers had to have a rib removed.

Then, 2002. The Rangers lost their 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th round picks for signing Chan Ho Park, Juan Gonzalez, Todd Van Poppel, and Jay Powell. All those guys were terrible. Hart traded for Carl Everett. Everett was hurt. Hart brought in a ton of veteran relievers. They were all terrible. He traded for John Rocker. Rocker was a disaster. Myette posted an ERA over 10 while starting 12 games. Bell posted an ERA over 6 while starting 15 games.

And those two seasons, I remember the perpetual sick feeling in my stomach, the first couple of months of the season, as it seemed like the franchise was cursed, like there was a reverse Midas touch and everything the team touched turned to crap.

2007 feels a whole lot like 2001 and 2002 did.