No worries.

At some point, a starting pitcher will lose a game.

Someone will get hurt.

Someone will go into a tailspin at the plate.

Someone will fail to get out of the fifth inning twice in three starts.

Seattle or Oakland will rip off six or seven in a row.

Albert Pujols will start hitting like Albert Pujols.  And the Angels will start to close the gap.

(A gap that Baseball Prospectus’s Sam Miller points out is now greater than any reduction in deficit the Angels accomplished in all of 2011.)

At some point there will be something to worry about.

But right now, Texas may be playing not only the best baseball in the league but also the best baseball perhaps that it has ever played.  In a sport that lets us tune into a new episode just about every night, which is awesome.

And it’s OK to care about more than one channel.  I least I think it is.  It might be suggested to you by baseball experts that it’s gauche (I had to look it up) and tacky to scoreboard-watch in April and to refer to the fact that you scoreboard-watch.

I won’t ever understand folks who act as if April is pre-season, and who suggest that it’s gauche (I looked it up again to make sure) to treat April wins and losses as wins and losses that count.

Every game lost in the standings is another one that will need to be made up.

I suppose I could have gone to sleep earlier last night, which would have been the healthy thing to do, or gotten in a workout, another healthy idea, but DirecTV made Angels-A’s available, and I was locked in.

In April.

I’m not ashamed of caring every night what the Rangers do and what the Angels do.  I don’t want to be a fan who doesn’t care about that.

I don’t want to be a fan who won’t care when Texas inevitably has to make use of the disabled list for a few weeks, even if it’s before Memorial Day, and I don’t want to be a fan who isn’t thankful for every extra day that Los Angeles waits before it finally frees Mike Trout, at which point things are gonna get more real.

Maybe it would be easier not to care about those things, to spend more time thinking about discovery objections or getting sleep or learning new adjectives, but I kinda like it this way.

But the way this team is playing baseball right now, baseball that very much counts, it’s sorta stupid to worry about having something eventually to worry about.

Forget I said anything.

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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