World Series 2011: What the Texas Rangers (and Fans) Learned from Game 1

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World Series 2011: What the Texas Rangers (and Fans) Learned from Game 1
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Ugh. That swing produced a two-run single? Did I already say "Ugh?"

Texas Rangers fans, take a deep breath and relax.  It's going to be okay.  The Texas Rangers lost Game 1 of the World Series.  And now we're (yes, present company included) seemingly ready to scale the heights of that stupid arch, and take the shortcut down.

St. Louis Cardinals fans, congratulations.  You've done just what that other "hottest team in MLB" managed to do, you've beaten the Rangers in Game 1.  Perhaps I should clarify: The Rays crushed the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS.  The Texas Rangers rebounded just fine.

To be honest, Tampa Bay really stole too much of the Cardinals' thunder.  After all, weren't the Rays more a product of the Red Sox' epic collapse than the benefit of just being plain hot?

Well, if the Cardinals are playing with a chip on their shoulders, it sure as heck works well for them.  I don't think that's the case.  I think they are just a solid, fundamentally sound team that is overachieving. The Cardinals are a great baseball team, and they're showing it at the best possible time.

Some might say they're "lucky."  I disagree.  Funny thing about "luck"—if it's on your side long enough then you just become "good."

No, from the Rangers' point of view, calling the Cardinals lucky is just an excuse—a trap fueled by weakness and insecurity—that none of them would fall into.  

Remember when the Texas Rangers were really, really bad?  It happened so frequently that it's easier to remember the times that the Texas Rangers were really, really good.  Right now is one of those historically rare times.

In Game 1, the Texas Rangers just got flat out beat.  It happens.  The best thing to do—okay, second best thing since you're already reading this article—is to relax.  

Crack open your favorite cold beverage, and enjoy the moment.  No, don't savor the loss, imbibe in the moment when the Rangers can strike back.  And atonement, my friends, is less than 24 hours away.

The Texas Rangers are down 0-1 in the World Series.  What can we all learn from that 3-2 loss? 

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