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First Day of the Offseason Things

So, this morning, I'm happy.


I'm happy about where this Rangers ballclub is.  I'm happy about our new ownership group.  I'm happy about our collection of talent. 

I'm happy that the Rangers won the A.L. West, advanced in the playoffs for the first time, are the A.L. champs, and appeared in their first World Series.

Am I disappointed in how the World Series went?  Sure.

But it doesn't change the fact that this has been an outstanding year.  There are 28 other teams that would love to be where the Rangers are at the end of the 2010 season.  Texas came up a little short, but that doesn't change the fact that the season as a whole has been great, and there's plenty of reason for optimism about 2011.

So I'm not feeling like dissecting what happened against San Francisco and why the team fell short.  I'd rather sit back and enjoy what was a tremendous year.

Moving on to the links...

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about Tim Lincecum and Edgar Renteria putting an end to the Rangers' World Series hopes.

Anthony Andro writes about Cliff Lee's performance, and that one fateful pitch -- a cutter that stayed out over the plate -- that was the difference in the game.

I mentioned this on Twitter, but I breathed a sigh of relief when Renteria first hit that the bat, it looked like a routine fly ball.  And it just kept carrying, and carrying...

Evan Grant writes that the Giants' game-winning rally looked eerily similar to a lot of Rangers rallies this year.

Jeff Caplan writes that weak hitting doomed the Rangers.

William Wilkerson writes that Josh Hamilton was one of the biggest disappointments of the World Series, going just 2 for 20.

Gerry Fraley writes that Vladimir Guerrero's postseason puts into doubt whether the Rangers are going to want to bring him back for 2011.

Hamilton and Guerrero's lack of production makes Grant's list of five reasons the Rangers didn't beat the Giants.

The S-T's notes talk about Chuck Greenberg issuing an apology for his remarks about the Yankees fans, and Bengie Molina saying he's going to wait before making a decision on whether he'll play in 2011.

Richard Durrett looks back and has some thoughts on a special 2010 season.

Jim Reeves says that the 2010 season is just the beginning of something special for these Rangers.

Gil Lebreton writes that the Ranger bats disappeared in the World Series.

Kevin Sherrington writes that the Rangers need to bring Cliff Lee back.

Randy Galloway has a column on the Rangers run finally coming to an end, and says that Lee is probably signing elsewhere.