By Ryan Crowe,

10:26 p.m. 10/28/2011: I know you are sitting there in a daze, wondering ‘how did this happen?’ and trying to justify your passion for the Texas Rangers this year.

That’s when I’ll say it’s just baseball.

Don’t get me wrong, the past 48 hours have been gut-wrenching, but Rangers fans you should be numbed to coming up short by now.  They’ve been doing this to us for 40 years, just not quite as dramatically.  Usually the bottom drops out in the middle of May, not in Game 6 of the World Series.

But fear not, you have to remember the Rangers pulled off the unbelievable again this year, they made it to back-to-back World Series’ – the only other team who can say that in the past 10 seasons is the Philadelphia Phillies, and that’s good company to be in.

130721579 A Fans Takeaway From The 2011 Texas Rangers

I heard a sports pundit say that Sports is not Entertainment, he said it’s winning and losing and nothing else matters.

I would argue that.  Yes, the Rangers winning would have been one of the greatest things I have ever witnessed, but in the end, I’ll look back on this season as an enjoyable ride.

The best memories I will take away are not games watched from the Press Box or sitting at the TXA 21 studios on Friday nights, but it will be the games where I went with friends and family and had a great night at the Ballpark.  Those are the ones I’ll have pictures of in my mind.  Baseball is a game meant to be enjoyed with others, not watched in silence.

And on Saturday morning as you wake up, I know you will be bummed, but remember, we get to do this all over again starting April 6.

Go Rangers!