WEATHERFORD — Ranger’s self-deception: existentialism and procrastination
The Texas Rangers have done it again to themselves and, worst yet, to all of us loyal fans who have come out in record crowds to see them play and to be so proud of them at the winter meetings with a feeling that we were truly on top of the baseball world with them only to fall back to Earth when all of their grand plans began to unravel and one by one they were frozen out on the best that were out there.
Can you really blame Greinke for signing with the Dodgers after he made a list of the Dodger’s projected starting offense, and when compared to the other teams (like the Rangers) didn’t see the major weaknesses that they had. What kind of projected lineup could the Rangers throw out there to a Greinke and say, “Sign with us, look we have the best lineup in the MLB when there was no Hamilton, Napoli, or Young.” Instead strengthening their team all that the can show is a team with major holes to fill. What causes the Rangers to be like this the past two year? The problem is called Self-Deception that leads to Existentialism and Procrastination.
“The Rangers organization as a whole will feel more like doing it tomorrow.” “Are prospects worth a king’s ransom in a trade?” Self-deception.
We rationalize our procrastination with self-deception and that is exactly the trap that the Rangers have fallen into. Isn’t this exactly what the Rangers are now trying to feed the media and their fan base? Trying to rationalize by use of feeble but seemingly plausible arguments either to justify something that is difficult to accept or to make it seem “not so bad after all” and sadly I feel that all of this has come on because of what appears to be an ego the size of Texas.
What the Rangers need to realize is procrastination is about choice. It really is that simple. Of course, there are factors that influence those choices, psychological factors that serve to facilitate or hinder them. The key thing is it’s always about the choice we make and being ahead of the game and not overvaluing and/or undervaluing. The Rangers were once on top of their game but have fallen off and now needs to regroup and get back up and get back in the game.