I'd written a long and rambling entry (what a surprise!) on season's end. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted it, and I don't have the energy right now to re-construct it -- I'll try to do that next week.
But I do want to say thanks to all my baseball friends who, as always, make the great game even greater - if only because of their presence in my life (and the fact that they put up with me): The Schillers, The Newbergs, The Hindmans, Ms. Berstein, The Lucases, The Massetts, The Botts Clan, Dennis the world's greatest usher, my hero Henry Chadwick and with great affection for Baseball Mom, Neil, Mrs. Schmenge and brother Rob.
I wish Hank Blalock the best wherever he may go (why I do keep thinking he'll be the starting first baseman in Seattle next year?) - I really, really, really hope that we haven't seen the last of Marlon Byrd and Pudge.
I think I've posted pictures of roller coasters several times with my blog entries this year emphasizing the nature of the Rangers 2009 season - it was an unexpected ride of highs and lows. I hope that I can safely say that there is no more "wait till next year" - that 2010 is the year for the Rangers.
The offseason is always too long -- Marla Hooch
P.S. Is there anyone else who thinks MLB needs to re-think their schedule? Do you realize that if the World Series goes a full 7 games the last 3 will be played in November, at night, possibly in Philadelphia, or New York, or maybe even Denver - ridiculous! I wish there were a grass roots movement to persuade (or if you are talking about the owners - bully them) into shortening the season to 154 games - starting a few days later in April and ending a week earlier in September. Dragging the post season out only makes MLB more of a laughing stock and certainly hasn't helped with TV ratings (which haven't been good for post season for quite a while) - or the popularity of the game overall which continues to slowly wan.