Our final offseason question is more about the mindset of the team than anything else. But it's important.
Today's question: Will the Rangers have a World Series hangover?
This question was broached last offseason, but after clearing so many franchise hurdles in 2010 the Rangers assembled in Surprise, Ariz., committed to getting the one trophy they didn't earn last season.
But getting over a five-game World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants, who pitched extremely well and beat Texas in a Fall Classic that they didn't feel like they were really in, is easier than moving on from last month.
The Rangers were one strike away -- twice. They'll hear that phrase all offseason. They'll have to deal with highlights of Nelson Cruz's outstretched glove in right field in the ninth inning of Game 6 or Neftali Feliz's clear disappointment after not being able to get the final strike in the 10th. Or David Freese collecting what seemed like every big hit in the World Series.
That will not be easy to get out of their minds. And the players know it. But once there's some space between the end of October and the middle of February, players will get a chance to focus on other things.
It's important that once pitchers and catchers report to spring training they do everything they can to use 2011 as motivation, but not be stuck remembering it.
General manager Jon Daniels knows he and his staff can't do that this offseason, either. They've vowed to do what they can to improve the club and get back to the World Series next season, and they are already pouring their energies into next season.
The good news: The Rangers have the kind of manager who can help them move on. One of Ron Washington's gifts is an ability to use history as a learning tool, but to still concentrate on the present. He'll have the team worried about spring training and then Opening Day and that's it.
But how quickly they can move on from a rough finish to the season could determine whether they'll have a chance to erase some of those tough feelings by winning it all in 2012.