Texas Rangers World Series Tickets
October 23, 2010 by staff
Texas Rangers World Series Tickets, ARLINGTON, Texas – It was the legend, standing in the middle of a baseball field covered with empty bottles of ginger ale and confetti red, white and blue. Your Texas Rangers had been a champion of the American League for nearly an hour now, and everything was about to sink in “The fans here have just waited a long, long time for this,” said Nolan Ryan, and put the Rangers commemorative blue hat and commemoration red shirt. “Looking back at spring training, I felt like this team was on a mission. There was much to overcome, but this is a tough team, a team incredibly tough. It’s a credit to the organization. It’s just that .. . – He paused for a moment and looked up into the stands, where 50,000 fans were still standing and clapping, and then continued – “… very, very gratifying.”
The picture was unimaginable just seven months earlier, when everything seemed to unravel for the Rangers. Seven months ago, the future of manager Ron Washington was on life support after admitting cocaine use during the 2009 season. Indebted owner Tom Hicks, could not find buyers for a franchise of financial mismanagement in May, becoming the first Major League club in 17 years to file for bankruptcy. Supplant the Angels atop the AL West? That was the least of the concerns of the club.
But now here they were, went to their first World Series in franchise history, and the conclusion of a complete dismantling of the defending champion Yankees in a championship series that was more unequal than the record is displayed. Yes, the Yankees were one victory to force a Game 7, but was exceeded in almost every facet of a series in which the Rangers beat the Yankees 38 to 19.
On Friday night, the Rangers officially arrived as a power in the American League. How do they do?
Colby Lewis was, throwing the game of his life. Lewis, the Japanese import 31-year-old who last year was making his home starts at the stage of Mazda in Hiroshima, beat Phil Hughes for the second time in this series. Lewis kept the Yankees off balance with a heavy dose of sliders and curves. He faced the minimum 12 batters in four innings. Marcus Thames struck out with a filthy 85 mph slider to end the fifth and end a potential manifestation of the Yankees. It was the first starting pitcher to beat the Yankees twice in an LCS since Tim Wakefield was in 2003. Yes, Rangers pitchers have not stopped named Cliff Lee. Colby Lewis was excellent, “Washington said after the game. “You know, I knew there were some skeptics out there, but we saw this kind of tone for us throughout the year and we knew he was capable of launching the kind of game that went out there and pitched tonight.”
There was Vladimir Guerrero, as the Yankees paid for the grant of an intentional walk to Josh Hamilton to crash Hughes curve for a two-run double in the fifth fatal. While I was at second base, Guerrero, aging star of the Angels did not want more, lifted his helmet to acknowledge the chants of “Vlad-Y! VLAD-Y! VLAD-Y” echo around the stadium after his success gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead. “You spend about Josh Hamilton and Vlady you staring at the face,” Lee said later. “That’s not a position you want to be in if a pitcher. And that’s what makes our poster so hard. It was only a matter of time before Vlad came with great success.” (For the record, the Yankees intentionally walked Joe Girardi Rangers hitters eight times in the series. Batters Texas responded with six RBIs after those trips.)
There was Nelson Cruz, blazing a homer over the center-field wall off a fastball from Dave Robertson. The home run sent the crowd of red-pom waving of 51,404 into a frenzy. “Huge,” outfielder David Murphy would say that success. “Just enormous. That’s about Nellie. People on Josh and Vlady, but what kind of overlooked. Everything he does just get big hits for us.” In what has been a postseason star-making, Cruz extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
And there was Neftali Feliz, the baby-faced rookie nearest Texas, taking the mound to Alex Rodriguez at the plate. It was just after 10 in Texas. The rookie threw a 83 mph slider past the former Ranger for a called third strike on the outside corner. Of course I had to end this way, with an emphatic punch the player who had long symbolized the failure of a franchise once inept.
And with that tone, an era was over 50 years of failure were more, and the Rangers were going to the World Series.
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