The intended theme of my season-ending Rangers report, following a second straight year that didn’t go past 163, was that if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. That what we should expect (insist on?) from the pro sports teams that we invest our time and money and emotional well-being in is that they’re committed, in whatever ways they’re financially capable, to being the best they can be at every position, on the field and on the sidelines and in scouting and in player development and in the front office.
After years of ignoring my own message when it comes to my football team, I’ve finally had it. I spilled my raw thoughts and emotions on Twitter and on Facebook last night and I’m not going to litter this space with them, as much as I have the urge to talk about fiduciary duty and return on investment and (hat tip: Troy Villarreal) delusions of adequacy. You’re (presumably) a Texas Rangers fan, and that’s a far more healthy place to be.
A commitment to being the best they can be is not a string of empty words at 1000 Ballpark Way. It’s a set example, a measure against which I’m finding it much easier this morning, after sleeping on it, to walk away from the football team down the street, until they demonstrate something 180 degrees different and begin to disinfect, which I expect to be never, not that you should care about the state of my football allegiance.
As if scheduled with purpose, a day after that football mess and a mere two months from Pitchers & Catchers, the folks at Paranoid Fan have lined up a big baseball-fest for tonight, and I wish it started in about 10 minutes.
Ben Rogers of 105.3 The Fan and I will be at the Twilite Lounge (2640 Elm Street in Deep Ellum) to talk Rangers baseball starting at 7:00. (You can show up from noon to 3 when Bob & Dan air their midday show on The Ticket live from the Lounge, though prepare for a Cowboys segment or nine during their three-hour slot.) I don’t know if Grubes will show up for Bob & Dan’s show (after their bitter, messy split a couple years ago), but he’ll be there tonight. More details here.
The bar will be open and the pizza will be free. Ben and I will do a little Q&A and then we’ll open it up to the floor. The folks from Shutdown Inning will be on hand to sell their Rangers book, and I will have Newberg Report Bound Editions from the 2010 World Series season (2011 book) and the 2011 World Series season (2012 book) available for $20 each as well.
Wouldn’t a pair of 360-page books about your favorite baseball team, reliving the two greatest seasons the franchise has had in raw and emotional day-to-day detail, with lots of cool pictures and lots of prospect rankings and commentary, and forewords by Chuck Greenberg and Brad Sham (2011) and Thad Levine and Ben & Skin (2012), make pretty useful holiday gifts for those on your list of people to get holiday gifts for? (You can order them in advance here, as a few have already done, and I’ll have them set aside for you tonight. But you can also purchase the books at the event.)
I’ll sign them if you’d like. I bet Ben will, too.
I bet Brad would, too, once the football season is over.
Which, by the way . . .
See you tonight.