Saturday, October 23, 2010

Texas Rangers Advance To The World Series

The Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees 6-1 last night to win the American League Championship 4 games to 2. The Rangers, who moved to Texas from Washington DC after the 1971 season, advance to their first World Series.

Rewind back to September 1971 for a moment. My friends and I were crushed we lost our baseball team. We weren't sure when (or if) we'd ever see another team in DC. In our close knit neighborhood group some of us became Orioles fans, some of us hoped we'd get a National League team (I still have some Washington Padre cards) and some of us stopped following the sport completely. Ultimately in the Fall of 2004 Washington DC got the Montreal Expos, who relocated and became the Washington Nationals.

But there was just one of us who continued to follow the Texas Rangers starting in 1972. Brian C. He was loyal as anyone can be to their team even though that team was so far away. He'd go to games when the Rangers played the Orioles in Baltimore. He relied on publications like the Sporting News to follow his team. His Grandmother would send him Rangers memorabilia and newspaper clippings from Texas. Remember, in the '70's and '80's we didn't have the internet, MLB package and sports information 24/7.

So when the final out was recorded last night, I had to call BC on his cell phone and I left a message. I also wrote a message on his wall on Facebook congratulating him and his team.

His reply: Some things you just don't believe you'll see in your lifetime...still soaking up post game... We crushed 'em...39 years plus.... Hapless no more !!!!!

The Rangers still have some work to do to complete the mission and win the World Series but what a feeling this is. As an Orioles fan I was fortunate enough to attend two World Series (1979 and 1983) and it was an unreal experience for me. I know BC will savor this regardless of the outcome.

The Washington Post
Texas Rangers beat New York Yankees to clinch first World Series berth

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