Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Wizard, Dorothy, The Rangers and Cleveland

Bet you are wondering how I'll manage to connect all of those random subjects - well read on and find out:

This week one of the all-time greatest movies celebrates its 70th anniversary with a remastered re-release: The Wizard of Oz

There are so many parallels that you could draw between the storyline of this movie and the long strange history of the Texas Rangers, but I’m not going to do that right now.

I do keep thinking about Dorothy and what she realized as she was leaving Oz:

“I think that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with. Isn’t that right?”
If Ranger ownership, management and fans take away just one thing this from this season, I hope it is the same lesson Dororthy learned. Free agents, big contracts, management with star quality reputations, and gimmicks don’t always lead you down the yellow brick road to success. Sometimes that happiness and success grows right there in their own backyard in Scott and JD’s farm system.

Hope the disappointed amnong the fans can put a lid on their angst long enough to enjoy the Rangers last home series, and appreciate what a really fun and really good season this has been for all of us.

I’ll only be there in spirit because I’m headed to I mean... Ohio this weekend for my 30th college reunion.

"Close your eyes and think: There’s no place like home" – Marla Hooch