With the Texas Rangers up 2-0 in their AL Division Series with the Tampa Bay Rays and headed home, most of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has been swept up in the excitement of October baseball--probably because no one around here remembers what it feels like.
The Rangers last made the playoffs in 1999, when the guy who is writing this was 13 years old. They last won a playoff game in 1996--and that was their only playoff win, coming into the ALCS against a heavily favored (by those nincompoops at ESPN anyway) Rays team. So pardon me ditching any sort of objectivity here, when I exclaim, “Rangers, whooo!.”
Indeed, even the Dallas Cowboys have taken notice of the Rangers’ playoff run. Marcus Spears was seen on Thursday wearing a Rangers cap in the locker room. Head Coach Wade Phillips didn’t wear his support on his sleeve (or, we suppose, head) as Spears did, but he too is excited for the team’s run.
"I support the team and I’m glad for the Rangers," Phillips said. "My family knows, well my dad [Bum] knows Nolan Ryan pretty well and the contact I've had with him, he’s a great guy. I'm glad for him."
In response to a question of a potential game four--which would be played on Sunday, just a few hours before the Cowboys kick off across the way, potentially creating a morass of traffic--Phillips offered a bold prediction:
"We don't have to worry," he said.. "They won't be playing."
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