ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was the legend, standing in the middle of a baseball field strewn with empty bottles of ginger ale and red, white, and blue confetti. His Texas Rangers had been American League champions for nearly an hour now, and it was all beginning to sink in. "The fans here have just waited a long, long time for this," said
The tableau was unimaginable only seven months earlier, when it all seemed to be unraveling for the Rangers. Seven months ago the future of manager
But now here they were, headed to their first World Series in franchise history, and celebrating a complete dismantling of the defending champion Yankees in an ALCS that was more lopsided than the record will show. Yes, the Yankees were one win away from forcing a Game 7, but they were outplayed in nearly every facet in a series in which the Rangers outscored the Yankees 38-19.
On Friday night, the Rangers officially arrived as an American League power. How did they do it?
And there was
And with that pitch, an era was over, 50 years of failure were over, and the Rangers were headed to the World Series.