I predicted once the Texas Rangers landed at home on their range they’d be in a comfort zone that would settle them down into playing what they’re totally capable of …… championship baseball. And so they did. It wasn’t a spectacular game, actually I found it rather non plus, but Texas got the job done and that’s what they set out to do. Giants appeared to show up to see what a real Texas stadium looked like and decided to stay for awhile. Maybe today’s game will have a little more action and excitement. Probably the most exciting part of the game for me was the Texas Ranger fans. They showed up to support their Rangers and they did just that, especially after Mitch Moreland slammed a 3 run homer off of Jonathon Sanchez in the 2nd. The Rangers never gave up the lead and beat the SF Giants 4-2. I watched the game again this morning and, all things considered, Jonathan Sanchez didn’t pitch a bad game and Colby Lewis didn’t pitch a great game, good enough to win, but not great. Interestingly, Sanchez is scheduled to pitch the 7th game if necessary and it has all the local pundits in hysteria. No more Sanchez, no way, can’t happen, he’s lost his stuff, 10 lashes, etc. But the edge in this game was the home run by Moreland. Without it, the score’s 2-2. Buster Posey stood by that Sanchez pitch in a postgame interview and said he called the pitch, it was the right pitch to call considering Moreland’s history, but against all odds and logic Moreland nailed it, and that was the deciding factor in the game. It happens. The Texas Rangers needed to win this game and they won it. I love watching post game commentary and interviews and in almost all of them last night, credit for the win was given to, who else? The fans! Don’t underestimate the value of home field advantage. It’s chicken soup for the soul of the players and they know it. Texas had a much
better at home record this past season than the Giants, who also have a great and vocal fan base, but the Rangers also have a stadium capacity of almost 10,000 more than the Giants. Okay, okay, sure the players have something to do with this, but I’m just saying, the fans are the backbone of baseball. That’s where the money comes from folks! And it’s not just the fans that love their teams, the teams love them right back and show their appreciation by …… winning! Just like the Texas Rangers did back home on the range and back in the saddle. Home sweet home!
- World Series Game 3: Colby Lewis and Mitch Moreland Key Texas Rangers’ 4-2 Win (bleacherreport.com)
- World Series Game 3: 10 Reasons Why the Rangers Won (bleacherreport.com)
- Texas Rangers Beat Giants in Game 3: No Tricks, Only Treats in First Series Win (bleacherreport.com)