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Off Season--The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Thu, Dec 29, 2005, 09:46 AM

Friedo often says that of all the sports in the world, my favorite season is OFF.   In the off season, hope springs eternal, especially in baseball.

The Rangers have made a handful of moves in the past month and I’ve got to admit I am excited. I am optimistic. I think that Kevin Millwood is a great addition to the rotation. So is Vicente Padilla. So is Adam Eaton.

I am optimistic in spite of a long storied history of failed Ranger teams. The Rangers have been in the Metroplex since 1972. They have advanced to the post season exactly 3 times in the span of 35 years. Yet, I am still optimistic.

Friedo always kids me about my love of the off season. As a matter of fact, this morning he pointed out that we have talked more baseball on the show in the last month than we did during the 2005 season. And, he may be right.

I do love the off season. I love to play General Manager. I love to analyze trades and free agent signings. For me, the off season is sort of like the week leading up to Christmas. It’s about anticipation. It’s about fantasizing about how great your team is going to be next year. It’s not harsh reality. In the off-season every team is a winner.

The off-season is for dreamers. Everybody that is a fan of a team loves to think that next year will be better. A lot better. Hey, even the fans of the dreadful Kansas City Royals are optimistic in the off-season.

That’s the wonderful thing about the off-season almost always brings hope with it. In the NBA and the NFL there are drafts to get us going. In all the sports there is free agency that keeps us going. There is hope that the younger players will get better.

The off season is a fantasy time. And, in fantasy world’s things are good. Very seldom do you project downward in a fantasy, you project upwards.

Look at the Rangers again. When the season ended there was very little hope for the franchise. But look at the past few weeks, the Rangers have added 4 solid pitchers. Now things are looking up.

That’s the wonderful thing about sports. Even when the games are not being played you can look up and get excited. The off season is about “what ifs”. And sometimes the “what ifs” turn out to be better in reality.

The off season of “what ifs” keeps fans going. Even when the reality of the season hits, we can always look forward to the off-season.
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