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The Tweet Heard Around The Metroplex

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It’s over.

The 2018 baseball season, at least for the Texas Rangers, was all about the future. No, not like 90-days into the season future, we’re talking about the franchise’s future for the next 3-5 years.

That being said, a topic that kept rearing its head throughout the season was the “Will the Rangers lose 100-games in 2018?” debate, and we can lay that one down to rest for good:

the 2018 Rangers did not lose 100-games.

Less than a day after the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series we’re seeing some great pieces coming from local beat writers about what the Texas Rangers need to address in 2019 (a manager would be nice, not necessary but nice...ok, maybe a manager is necessary). In the coming days, fans will get some clarity about the future and direction of the franchise in regards to personnel and strategy — of note, how Shiraz Rehman will fit in as the new Assistant General Manager.

So, there’s a lot to cover as the off-season gets underway in earnest.

But not so fast, my friend! We’re not moving on without addressing The Tweet™. I’m no psychoanalyst, but I do think if we’re ever going to move forward in the healing process from [takes a deep breath] the two Rangers World Series appearances we have to confront reminders of that thing that happened.

Moments after the Red Sox clinched the World Series win, the Rangers’ Twitter account sent this tweet out and let me tell you it did numbers real quick and in a hurry.

Some Rangers fans — understandably enough — reacted with equal parts anger and that dry-heaving sound you make after you’ve been sick all night and just don’t have anything left in your system to throw up anymore.

On the other hand, The Tweet™ also had baseball fans (and general sports fans) laughing, me included. I mean, the facts are facts. The Rangers appeared in the 2010 and 2011 World Series and lost both times, as did the 2017 and 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers. So yeah, those are facts that are real — acknowledge it and move on.

And I get what a lot of you are thinking. Sure, the Dodgers didn’t lose the 2018 World Series like the Rangers lost the 2011 World Series. I get it. Really, I do. Trust me when I tell you that the 2011 Game 6 broke my sports soul (this is a thing that exists, I have scientific proof).

But its been 7-years and honestly speaking, I’ve been itching to get over that debacle. My sports soul needs to move on, and I suspect a lot of Rangers fans’ sports souls are aching for closure, too. So maybe this tweet was what we needed to kickstart that closure.

If you can step back and see that The Tweet™ is:

  • Factually correct (although I think the meetings are on Thursdays not Tuesdays)
  • Harmless
  • Hilarious

then maybe your sports soul is ready to move on from 2010 and (especially) 2011. It doesn’t make you any less of a Rangers fan if you appreciated The Tweet™ as being a reminder that the business of winning the Fall Classic is still at hand.

Take it as a challenge and dig your heels in deeper as a fan. Because as the front office prepares for the 2019 campaign, and as discussed earlier, the next 3-5 years, when this franchise finally wins a World Series, it’ll mean just that much more.

Plus, it’ll be awesome to quote-tweet The Tweet™ with a “WE DON’T NEED TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS ANYMORE!” tweet.

See, you can have fun with things.