Mar 29, 2024 - News

🤩 Rangers fans, you're still not dreaming

A photo of the Texas Rangers opening day ceremony

This trophy can never be taken away. Photo: Tasha "Opener" Tsiaperas/Axios

👋 Axios Columbus writer Tyler Buchanan here, the biggest Texas Rangers fan east of the Mississippi River.

I normally enter each season praying this is finally the year.

  • Except my brain can't comprehend that the dog finally caught the car. We're the world freakin' champions. Now what?

Flashback: Understand, this is not a franchise historically draped in glory. We once had a pitcher get injured by tripping over his dog.

  • A slugger famously had a home run ball bounce off his head. Three days later, he asked to pitch an inning and suffered a season-ending injury.
  • There's also the Josh Hamilton saga ... IYKYK.

Yes, but: Everything is suddenly coming up Rangers.

  • In 2020, we drafted a skinny 17-year-old from Tennessee who later became a surprise playoff hero.
  • In 2023, Texas got a lucky high pick in MLB's first draft lottery. The team selected an incredible college star who rocketed up the minor leagues and debuted yesterday.

The bottom line: The baseball gods are finally smiling on North Texas.

  • No matter what happens from here, that 2023 championship flag will fly forever.

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