To the Chicken Little Club : "Falling Skies Predicted"
A team of specialists commissioned by the CLC has learned that the Texas Rangers baseball players are actually human and that they may not win every game this season. Especially in the case of Yu Darvish, it is believed that he will actually surrender base hits and in some cases home runs. When this happens expect to experience large chunks of falling sky. In the event that the Rangers fall behind the Angels in the Al West standings it is being predicted that Doomsday will follow shortly. A team of experts will be on standby to provide counseling for CLC members.
Yes, good point. Trends are hard to develop with only four games, and a loss or two is easy to write off based on the small sample size. Trends are far clearer with 32 games (bigger sample sizes, by definition, lead to better trends). Thus, Payton's point is probably even more pertinent to baseball.
That said, the real point he was making, I think, is that preseason performance is relevant to at least some degree, as opposed to completely and totally IRrelevant.
Oddly enough, I've seen NFL teams have lousy pre-season records and win divisions. Pretty flabbergasting, huh?
Oakland has the 2nd best record in spring games this year, and somehow they lost their first game?
btw... The A's beat the M's last night 4-1. Bartolo Colon went 8 innings for Oakland, and the sole Mariners run came from a Justin Smoak solo homer.
Rangers are tied for last.
cue the trolls!
While I don't doubt that holds true for some, I think most have been more casual fans in the past since the Rangers have been less than stellar through most of their history. It's hard to get too excited over losing, and only true fans of baseball (in general) want to converse in times of woe, or get so involved in the building process that they understand future ramifications in the daily transactions.
Does that make sense?
We often think of those as bandwagon fans, but in reality many fans of losing teams often find other venues of interest at such times. And I think that explains why many don't know much of anything about our minor league talent, other than those few names the press mentions. (That last statement might be overzealous)
Not really flabbergasting. I've been a Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan too long to be surprised by anything that happens before or during the season. Actually, I'm not a fan of pro football at all anymore.
The baseball season is long enough to give a team that starts out slow catch up and overtake a team that starts out "hot".