They Made It!
-Nick Parson, Front Office Assistant
After all these years (51 of them to be exact), the Texas Rangers are heading to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. After beating the New York Yankees 4-2 in the best of seven ALCS, the Rangers are about to go where no Ranger has ever gone before.
Ever since the Rangers won Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, the list of firsts for this ballclub has gotten longer and longer. Prior to this season, the Rangers had only won one single playoff game in history. They had made it to the post-season three times prior to this year, facing the Yankees on all three occasions, and were swept twice and lost 3-1 in the best of 5 series the other time.
Although the Majors can feel a ways away from Hickory, Crawdads fans should be excited about the recent fortune of the Rangers. Not only is being an affiliate of a successful team something to be proud of, but it gives our players something to look forward to and something to look to for inspiration. In Single A, we are the foundation for the talent that will someday rise to the MLB ranks. In the years to come, when we see former Crawdads on the starting roster of the Texas Rangers, we can all take pride in the fact that we were with these players from the beginning. With the dark days of inadequate pitching and uni-dimensional lineups seemingly behind the Rangers, we can look forward to the numerous ways that Crawdads players might contribute to a championship caliber team someday.
Given that our affiliation with the Rangers is still somewhat fresh, there are no former Crawdads on the Rangers roster during this remarkable playoff run. The lone Crawdad that has made it to this year’s Fall Classic is Aaron Rowand of the San Francisco Giants. Though he has seen limited action this postseason, (seven PA’s thus far), we are all proud to see a former Hickory Crawdad on baseball’s biggest stage, and wish him luck.
All this excitement has given us some good fodder for water cooler chats here in the front office. We hope that all you ‘Dads fans out there embrace and root for the Rangers, even if your beloved Braves or Yankees missed out on the action. The World Series is baseball at its absolute best, and we hope that the next time you come visit us here at L.P. Frans, you’ll keep in mind how exciting the possibilities of the future could be for our players here in Hickory.