Let me be the first to wish you a happy opening day as it’s just a number of hours until first pitch for the Texas Rangers 2014 season.
I do have a confession though; I’ve got mixed feelings. The pure baseball fan in me is pumped up about the season. What’s not to like about baseball? One can’t help but love the smell of the fresh cut grass, buying a couple hot dogs and the great atmosphere where you high five and become fiends with complete strangers.
As a Rangers fan, though, it’s a different story. I’m nervous and worried sick. This Rangers team is full of injuries. It’s pretty pathetic when your team has more players on the Disabled List than those who are healthy.
The Rangers’ offseason has been an interesting to say the least. As Rangers fans, we’ve seen many ups and downs.
The ups? Look at first base? We now have one of the best bats in Prince Fielder. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit 40 or more home runs at home.
Also, how can a Rangers fan not get excited about the addition of Shin-Soo Choo. His presence is exactly what the Rangers needed in the outfield.
The Downs? Where do I begin? It’s going to be really, really sad not being in the presence of Nolan Ryan. It’s going to be really strange not seeing No. 5 in the infield since we traded Ian Kinsler for Fielder and I thought David Murphy would retire a Texas Ranger.
Then there are the injuries. If the injuries had’ve stopped with Derek Holland’s freak accident of falling down the stairs while playing with his dog, we would’ve been in decent shape until Holland’s return. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things unfolded.
A day after receiving last week’s news about Jurickson Profar’s injury, we got the same news about Geovany Soto.
Now to make matters worse, Yu Darvish won’t be on the mound opening day and the rotation is not what it looked like several months ago.
Let’s just hope the Rangers are getting the injuries out of the way and that we can hold up long enough until everyone is healthy. Things aren’t going to be easy, especially considering the AL West is arguably the best division in all of baseball.
All in all, I’m pumped up about the season and all I can say is, “Take me out to the ballgame.”