The Major League baseball season is 162 games. That is NOT breaking news to most of you.
I'm here to tell you, every single game matters. Every. Single. Game.
Ask the Rangers who somehow managed to win the last 7 games of the season to force a 163rd game. They must now play, and win, the play in with Tampa Bay to qualify for the Wild Card play in to play...someone.
The Rangers are now reminded that every single game matters. Any one of their 19 one run losses going the other way could have prevented game 163. Eleven shutouts didn't help them avoid one more with Tampa. Just one less 1-0 shutout (they suffered 4 of those) could have made the difference. In September alone the Rangers suffered seven one run losses and two 1-0 shutouts.
Everyone always says "It's just one game, we'll get 'em tomorrow." That BS. Those 2 one run losses in April mattered. Those 4 one run losses in May mattered.
Every single game matters. If they didn't, the teams wouldn't play them.
My all-time favorite player isn't well liked by many apparently. He may have been a shrill voiced prick. He may have been a douchebag to a douchebag writer. (Thanks to Night Owl for that link.) Will Clark knew that every game was important. He took losses in April personally. He didn't take kindly to teammates half-assing it out on the field. He screamed, he hollered, he cussed. He was intense.
He knew that every game mattered.
That's why I miss Will Clark.
(Thankfully, the Rangers played the Angels and Astros so many times this year. The 32-6 record against those teams was the difference.)