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Tough finale already ‘last season’ for Rangers’ Elvis Andrus

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus talks with catcher Robinson Chirinos’ son, David, at the Arlington Life Shelter on Monday night.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus talks with catcher Robinson Chirinos’ son, David, at the Arlington Life Shelter on Monday night. Special to the Star-Telegram

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has moved on to next season.

His three-error nightmare in the Rangers’ Game 5 loss at Toronto in the American League Division Series happened more than a month ago. For Andrus, who took the blame for the loss and said he let down his team and city, that debacle is now “last season.”

“What happened last year is something that is going to make me work harder, and it’s in the past,” said Andrus, who was on hand Monday evening to help Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos serve dinner and hand out goodies to residence of the Arlington Life Shelter.

“I don’t really think about it. I’m in a good spot right now.”

That was really nice to see that many people worried for me. I was really thankful for the words of encouragement to myself and to my family. They want to make you feel better, but I think time is the only one that actually lets you heal. I know I still have a lot of good baseball in myself.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus

Also lending support Monday to the Robinson Chirinos Foundation were Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele and his wife and son — Arlington Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele — Rangers television analyst Tom Grieve and former Rangers star Michael Young.

At Monday’s event, the Rangers received the 2015 Hero of the Homeless Award from the Arlington Life Shelter for the club’s “significant impact supporting the shelter and affecting the lives of the community’s homeless.”

Andrus and Chirinos have been working out the past three weeks just a few blocks away at Globe Life Park.

Following the Game 5 loss, Andrus received words of encouragement from teammates, coaches and family. He realized the anguish was subsiding when he was able to watch the rest of the postseason.

“That was really nice to see that many people worried for me,” Andrus said. “I was really thankful for the words of encouragement to myself and to my family. They want to make you feel better, but I think time is the only one that actually lets you heal.

The Rangers received the 2015 Hero of the Homeless Award from the Arlington Life Shelter for the club’s “significant impact supporting the shelter and affecting the lives of the community’s homeless.”

“I know I still have a lot of good baseball in myself, a lot of good things are going to happen, and I can’t wait to start next year.”

Chirinos, who missed all of August and most of September with a left shoulder injury, said his shoulder feels great. He’s also not concerned about general manager Jon Daniels’ desire to add another catcher.

“Hopefully, I can have a chance to play consistent and put up better numbers and help the team go far and win the World Series,” he said. “I think if I can catch over 100 games, I’m going to put up the numbers. I’m going to hit homers and get RBIs.

“So hopefully I have that chance next year to sit there the whole season and prove what I can do behind the plate.”

I don’t make that decision. If [Jon Daniels] and the front office want to bring in somebody, that’s their job. My job is to get ready for next year and try to help this team get better. If I’m going to be the first guy again next year, I’m going to do everything I can for this organization.

Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos

Chirinos, who was joined by wife Heidi and son David on Monday night handing out shirts, gloves and blankets to area homeless, said giving back, especially this time of year, is important to him and his family.

“For me, it’s a blessing to be able to do something for this community, this community that supports our team so much,” he said. “They love to serve [God] as much as I do. They’re excited to do this.

“Sometimes, we forget there are people who are really in need. For me to have this chance to be a blessing to somebody is a plus for me.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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