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BACK IN THE SADDLE ……… RANGERS WIN GAME 3.

Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland

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

Arlington Park

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!

Texas Rangers ALCS Champions! No Tea Party here folks!

Texas Rangers (baseball)

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Josh Hamilton was named MVP of the American League Championship Series as his Texas Rangers whooped the New York Yankees into submission yesterday and grabbed the AL Pennant for the first time in their long history.  When he was asked about the award you couldn’t help but be impressed.  Here’s what he had to say: 

“I love my teammates. I love them so much. Any of these guys could have gotten this award. I’m happy to have them. At the same time ,  I don’t want to talk about myself, I want to talk about them!  WE are the reason we’re here. The chemistry on the team is something like I’ve never known anywhere.  All the guys love each other and we support each other.”

Texas Rangers on winning the ALCS

Manager Ron Washington said basically the same thing, acknowledging this was the best group of players he’s ever worked with.   The Texas Rangers chemistry among each other seems to be contagious.   Most would agree that the players on any team have to get along with each other, maybe not “like” each other but for sure they have to get along.  Sometimes that promotes a winning team and sometimes not, but for sure these guys seem to really and truly “like” each other.  This  is evident in all the clubhouse interviews, on the field rapport, and articles written throughout this year.   I don’t know very much about the Texas Rangers, but I have to be honest here,  you can’t help but like these guys,  each and every one of them!  

Josh Hamilton, MVP

I decided not to write about all the great plays and statistics from this series.  They were impressive and you can read all about them in the “Related Articles” below.   But if you read my earlier blog about the Yankees and their tea party mentality, you gotta love these guys.   This is the first time in their history they’ve won a Pennant and it does my heart good to see a bunch of guys whooping and hollering and jumping around like they really, really appreciate being here.  Whatta series and what an accomplishment!   Great win for the Texas Rangers.  They deserve it!