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Week One: The one where it all began

A truncated first week that could have gone better

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers have played four games, four of 162. You wouldn’t know that based on certain parts of twitter. So if you’ll let me, I’d like to calm some of the knee jerkers down.

I’m not trying to be overly optimistic or sound like I have my head in the cloud, I’m not living in a fantasy world and believe the Rangers are contenders for the division (although that world sounds amazing, how do I get there?) but I really don’t think this team is going to totally tank. Call me delusional, that’s fine but stay with me for a second.

The Rangers have played four games. Those four games were against the Houston Astros. It pains me to say but you have to give credit where credit is due, they’re a really good team. They won the World Series and they didn’t get worse in the off-season. So If you came into the season expecting a sweep... well I can see how you’re upset about the outcome but also maybe you’re in the fantasy world?

I will happily take one out of four from the Astros because the Rangers aren’t on the same level as the Astros.

Let’s take a breath, it’s not the end of the baseball world.

If you’re like me, you waited five months for Ranger baseball to start back up and while this season won’t be the most fun, can we just enjoy baseball for a few months before being super pessimistic and in total bummer mode? It’s kind of exhausting.

No one likes losing and it’s not fun to watch but we still have Gallo, and Beltre, and Elvis so how about we enjoy that and see what happens and then be pessimistic and angry in July?

Anyway, getting off my soapbox.

So the Rangers won Friday’s game and that’s it. Delino DeShields broke his hamate bone, needs surgery, and will be out for some weeks.

But Elvis homered.

Joey Gallo homered.

Nomar Mazara homered.

Drew Robinson homered.

Our bullpen didn’t look totally on fire.

Doug Fister and Mike Minor looked decent.

Adrian Beltre is healthy.

And if none of that makes you feel a little better, HOFer Beltre met giraffe Beltre. I dare you not to smile at this.