I wouldn't be doing my duty as a fan of baseball and as a blogger if I didn't say just a few words about the passing of George Steinbrenner from a massive heart attack early Tuesday.
I've never been a fan of his Yankees, especially in the late 90's when the Bombers bounced the Rangers out of the playoffs three times, but I've always held an enormous amount of respect for The Boss.
Some continue to say he was bad for the game because of his payroll each year and for his ability to bring in any player he wanted, but I have a much different opinion.
Steinbrenner put on a clinic for over 30 years on what it means to do whatever it takes to win, something any owner should look to for inspiration, even those outside of baseball.
Steinbrenner bought the team in 1973 for $8.7 million and turned the once prominent but struggling franchise into a winner.
Modern day fans only see his ability to spend much more than any other team in baseball without even considering what he did to generate the kind of revenue it takes to support such a payroll.
The franchise he bought for $8.7 million is now worth in the hundreds of billions because part of Steinbrenner doing whatever it takes to win was finding a way to have the resources necessary to fill out his roster.
He built the modern day Yankees both from a personnel standpoint, but more importantly from a financial standpoint.
He earned every dollar and to his credit he put that money back into his team for the fans and the city of New York.
The only difference between Steinbrenner and the rest of the owners was that passion to win that he showed on a daily basis for anyone that was paying attention.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Steinbrenner family and a Yankee organization that will almost certainly try and win just one more championship for The Boss.
Now for one of the teams that could stand in the way of that goal, your Texas Rangers.
For the rest of the season I have one piece of advice for the Rangers fan base, forget the ownership drama playing out in bankruptcy court.
It won't be resolved before the deadline and with the addition of Cliff Lee, it doesn't matter.
This team is built for a run, now it's all up to the players to take the Rangers places they've never been.
Cliff Lee will anchor what was already a good Rangers rotation before the trade, but has become a formidable staff just in time for the toughest stretch of the Rangers schedule.
The addition of Lee allows the Rangers to move Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson and Tommy Hunter down in the rotation and takes a lot of pressure off the young starters.
Lee now takes over as the stopper, the guy the Rangers will look to when the bullpen needs a night off or a losing streak needs to be snapped.
Lee also brings pennant race and postseason experience to a staff that has only their pennant race last season to draw on.
With the Rangers among the league leaders in offense and bullpen ERA, a solid and stable starting rotation was the final piece to the Rangers puzzle.
The Rangers bullpen may reap the biggest benefits from the Lee acquisition as he proved in his debut before the break. He gave up some runs and wasn't as sharp as he can be, but he still pitched a complete game giving the bullpen a much needed day off.
The emergence of Alexi Ogando gives the Rangers a series of very hard throwing relievers who can be called upon to close games out and put out fires.
Darren Oliver, Darren O'Day and Matt Harrison will be relied on to bridge the gap between the starter and the trio of Ogando, Frank Francisco and Neftali Feliz.
Considering their performance thus far the Rangers have the ability to shorten the game to six or seven innings which could be lethal to their AL West competition with their offense.
Despite little money to work with and at the expense of a couple of prospects the Rangers wouldn't have had to deal if they had more cash on hand, Jon Daniels has put the finishing touches on what many believe is the best team in Rangers history, myself included.
With Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero forming a modern day bash brother tandem, and the additions of Lee and Bengi Molina, the Rangers have all they need to not only win the AL West, but take this train deep into October.
For the first time, the Rangers front office has given them all they need to make the postseason and win a World Series.
Michael Young would agree, now it's up to the players to get the job done.