The Rangers are on the brink of doing something I don’t think I ever imagined they would do:
Win a World Series.
These Rangers are special. They had to win 10 of their last 11 games to clinch the #2 seed in the AL.
They were the first team to qualify for the CS by beating Tampa Bay in 4.
They followed that up by beating Detroit in 6 when Nelson Cruz had possibly the greatest ALCS in the history of the game.
In Game 1 of the World Series they battled, but lost.
In game 2 they were down to their final 3 outs to get 1 run, and they got both the game tying and game winning runs on back to back sac flies. That hadn’t been done in a WS since 1930.
Game 3 unraveled after a blown call, then Pujols went off.
Then came game 4: When their backs were against the wall, the team needed a win, and the bullpen needed relief, the Dutch oven delivered with an 8 1/3 inning shutout gem. Possibly the biggest pitching performance in Texas Rangers history.
In game 5 they needed Mike Napoli and he delivered with a 2 RBI double to the gap in right center. He now has 4 WS games with 2+ RBI, tying Mickey Mantle for first place. if the Rangers win, he has surely positioned himself to be the World Series MVP.
None of this even takes into account the grabs by Beltre, the spectacular double plays turned by Andrus and Kinsler, or Napoli gunning down Gentry at second base. Twice.
Colby Lewis has a 2.22 ERA through 7 Career postseason starts. If I had to ask just about any Rangers fan who they would want to start tomorrow, they would surely say the Colbra. I like our chances.
These Rangers haven’t lost back to back games in 60 days. If they can keep that up they will be Champions by the end of the week.
I don’t know what to think of all this. I don’t even know how I’ll digest it, win or lose. I just want to enjoy the ride.
Tomorrow night I believe the Rangers will win the final game of the 2011 season.
Win or lose, savor it. Enjoy it.
It will have ups. It will have downs. It will likely be the most tense baseball game you’ve ever watched, and you can’t ask for more than that.
Let’s go Rangers!