Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
In this forgettable season where the only things piling up are injuries and defeats, the Rangers won’t even be home for the traditional Fourth of July Fireworks. They’ll be in New York on Friday. Playing the Mets.
How un-American is that?
The season continued to fizzle like a wet Black Cat Sunday afternoon in Arlington with a 3-2 loss to the lowly Twins. Michael Choice failed to drive home runners from third. Joakim Soria gave up a game-losing double. Even a security guard who could’ve touched the ball and forced a ground-rule double to halt Minnesota’s winning run somehow made an athletic play to avoid it.
Told you about a month ago that this season was sadly trending toward the worst since manager Ron Washington was a rookie. And there’s no promising end in sight.
The Rangers are a whopping 14 games behind the A’s in the AL West. They are only two games ahead of the Astros. And they have the AL’s worst run differential at minus-57. If Yu Darvish isn’t on the mound, there’s not a lot to be excited about these days.
Texas hits the road tonight after its worst first half in seven seasons. They’re 37-44, worst half-way record since being 34-47 after 81 games in ’07. Last year the Rangers were 47-34 at the halfway mark, 50-31 in ’12, 43-38 in ’11, 48-33 in ’10, 45-36 in ’09 and 41-40 in ’08.
Last time the Rangers were this bad Terrell Owens was a Cowboy, Avery Johnson coached the Mavericks and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was irritating us all on the radio.
After an unprecedented run of success, the Rangers were due for a bad season.
But nobody saw this clunker coming.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.