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Local P.D. deletes Opening Day Twitter potshot at Rangers (pic)

Hope springs eternal in Major League Baseball on Opening Day. Except apparently for a local police department that elected to hit the Texas Rangers with a pretty low blow on Twitter.

The Southlake Department of Public Safety’s Twitter account sent out a tweet Thursday morning in which the city’s police department advises motorists adhere to the 45 mph speed limit, which became comedic fodder to make a prediction about the prospects for the Rangers this season.

“Happy Opening Day! Remember, the speed limit on E. Southlake Boulevard is 45, which is coincidentally probably the amount of games the @Rangers might win this year,” the tweet read.

Perhaps not surprisingly given the vitriolic response it elicited from Rangers fans, the tweet has since been deleted.

The Rangers are coming off 78-84 2017 campaign. While the Rangers aren’t necessarily expected to be among the top World Series contenders, to suggest 45 wins as a benchmark for this season is pretty silly. After all, as SportsDay points out, only the 2003 Detroit Tigers have won fewer than 50 games in MLB’s current 162-game season format.

Further, some Rangers staffers and players reside in Southlake — about 20 miles outside Arlington — so … awkward. Yeah.