Compare the Rangers to an 11-year-old baseball player. He’s just spent the better part of two weeks flailing at everything thrown his way. But when his old man lobs a few in for him to finally connect bat with ball, he suddenly doesn’t feel so useless.
My point, loyal readers, is not to pile up tired old sports analogies on top of one another, but to say that last night’s laugher in Phoenix might have been just what the Rangers needed. Never mind that the Coyotes looked like they’d have a tough time beating Boston College these days. More important is that the Rangers finally got something—anything – that resembled positive reinforcement.
Is that all it takes? Are the Rangers now going to sweep through the rest of their West Coast trip? Will there be another Stanley Cup parade through the Canyon of Heroes this spring? And if so, what exactly does one wear to a parade?
Easy. I think we all know this team is still on shaky footing. But at least last night provided a reminder of what it’s capable of.
They’ve already connected bat with ball. Now it’s a question of how they fare against someone throwing a little more heat.