Welcome to the first installment of 30 Teams in 30 Posts! As stated above, I'll be doing a feature on each team (and the cards of theirs that I have in my collection) leading up to Opening Day. Instead of going American to National, or East to West, or least liked to most liked, I'll do it from the number of miles from my house to the stadium. Kinda random, but whatever.
Anyways, first up are the Texas Rangers.
DO I LIKE 'EM?
SHARE MY FEELINGS?
My grandpa was raised in the Fort Worth area, so he would root for the Rangers if they were ever on TV. He also has a signed Nolan Ryan baseball above the computer in his house, so I always kinda liked the Rangers. Moving to Texas has let me get to know the team better, and I like 'em. They've got a great group of radio announcers, which is really nice. Their recent inability to seal the deal in the World Series reminds me of the Buffalo Bills. They're a great secondary team to root for, once the Padres inevitably fall by the wayside.
Former: Nolan Ryan
Current: Derek Holland
LEAST FAVORITE PLAYERS?
All-Time: Rafael Palmiero, I guess?
Current: Yu Darvish
I also like the middle infield of Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, although I hear they may be shopping Andrus to make room for rookie Jurickson Profar. I think it's cool that they've been included on a few cards together. The Kinsler looks ridiculous, since he's looking in the air for a ball that's already in his glove.
Nolan Ryan is awesome, and the one pictured above is my favorite card of his. These ones are good too. I especially like the '92 Fleer card with the strikeout tally on the wall. Pretty sweet in my book.
Mike Napoli was my favorite player on the 2011 team, after going crazy in the postseason. Now he's a Red Sock. Still a great card, though.
The Rangers choked it big time down the stretch last year, and I think their window has officially closed. With Josh Hamilton moving to a division rival (!), Michael Young getting shipped to Philly, Mike Napoli signing with Boston, and a pitching staff that is still without a true ace, they'll be trailing the Angels, who will finally get it together. They supposedly have a bunch of young guys waiting in the wings to take over, but Jurickson Profar is their most talented prospect, and he's stuck behind Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler. I'll be rooting for 'em, and I'll be checking out some of that young talent at the closest minor league team to me (Round Rock Express), but I think they'll drop to second in the division, and that's only if the A's don't get hot again like they did last year.