ARLINGTON, TX — It`s about to get real. Yeah, the Rangers finished off their spring training schedule Saturday at Globe Life Park versus the New York Mets. The next time they take the field, the game counts!
“Can`t wait for the season to start.” said 2nd baseman Rougned Odor, “We`ve got a good team this year, and we feel good right now.”
His confidence sounds promising, but what do the faithful fans think?
Let's face it, injuries and the worst spring training record in the majors has the so-called 'experts' doubting the team's potential.
Well, it appears the 'Rangers Republic' stands united! At least somewhat. Opinions at the ballpark range from cautiously optimistic, with some fans predicting about 80 wins, to hopelessly confident, with dreams of a World Series title being called out!
Well the final day of Spring Training definitely won’t be a confidence booster for these fans. To start the day, first year manager Jeff Banister went home with a bad case of the flu, just two days before his managerial debut against the Oakland A’s.
Then the Rangers saw their chance to end Spring Training on a high ruined! The team led the Mets 4-0 with two outs and no one on in the top of the ninth, before a rally and a Grand Slam forced Texas to settle for the 4-4 tie.
The club closes Spring Training play with 9 wins, 19 losses and 5 ties.
But hey, no matter where the team ends up the standings, one fan had the best wisdom: “It`s gonna be fun no matter what!”
So get ready to root, root, root for the home team!
If they don`t win... well, we`ll still try to have fun at the old ballgame.