Rangers-Athletics: An Unfortunate End To Another Great Weekend for Texas

David Lynn@davidvlynnCorrespondent IJune 1, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 13:  Pitcher Frank Francisco #50 of the Texas Rangers on April 13, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Three-of-four is by no means a terrible series, even when you are playing the worst team in the American League.  Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. 

While the Athletics are playing terribly this year, you have to give their young talent some credit.  Their starter went out and threw six great innings, and their young players kept them in the game all the way to the end.

Ultimately, you have to give huge credit to Adam Kennedy for doubling his homerun total for the year in one game.  Even more impressive is that the second one came off a pitcher that hasn't given up a run since last fall.

What can you do?

I will admit that it is hard after years of heartbreaking losses and heartbreaking seasons that it is easy to get down after even one loss, but my attitude is starting to shift a little. 

More than ever before I am willing to move on after a loss, because many of these losses are still quality outings.

Kevin Millwood threw a great game giving up only two earned runs in six tough innings.  In the past I think he would have buckled under and given up more, but this year he is battling through and going six or seven innings every single time.  It's amazing what a contract year can do to a player. 

Honestly though, I don't care what inspires you as long as we win.

This weekend was an offensive entourage, and it was a lot of fun to watch.  The commentators even mentioned in one of the games that it was the most fun they had seen this team have.

That is what I like to hear.

As you look back over past years and the teams that are winning they are having a good time.  It is extremely rare that a team that is super wound up and tense ever is very successful over a long time frame. 

Despite losing Sunday night this team showed once again that they are never really out of a game.  All it takes is some bloop hits, drives down the line, and a long ball or two and we can be right back in it.  What is really beautiful about that is that anyone on this team is capable of doing it.

We are a genuinely deep team this year, and it has shown.  No matter who is in the lineup we really don't lose a step. 

Elvis Andrus has done a better than expected job at everything he is doing, and maybe more impressive has been the play of Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones.  Everyone expected quality play from Omar, but Andruw has come back to at least a remnant of his old self.

As the season wears on and we draw closer to the playoffs, I think their experience will be invaluable to this team.  Andruw was a part of one of the greatest playoff runs in history, and I know his presence will pay huge dividends for us.

June is going to be a huge month for this team.  We start off going to New York and Boston which should make a huge statement one way or the other.  If we can come out of this road trip 3-3 I will be satisfied, because they are two tough places to play.

I will say this though, with the way balls have been flying out of Yankee Stadium, and the power this team has, the Yankees better watch out.  This should be a fun week.


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