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Rangers Have Fun Before Game 3

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Tied at 1-1, the Texas Rangers are ready to bring the World Series home to Arlington. (Published Friday, Oct 21, 2011)

    The Rangers are back at home, and with that comes a little confidence.

    "We have a lot of confidence," said catcher Mike Napoli. "We play well here, we like playing here -- it's home field. The fans are going to be on our side. It's exciting."

    Rangers Ready to Bring World Series Home

    [DFW Red Fever] Rangers Ready to Bring World Series Home
    Tied at 1-1, the Texas Rangers are ready to bring the World Series home to Arlington. (Published Friday, Oct 21, 2011)

    "I think a lot of that has to do with the fans," said pitcher Scott Feldman. "They're making all kinds of noise, waving those towels around. It's a good place to play."

    At Friday's batting practice, the Cardinals were hard at work after their disappointing Game 2 loss.

    Rangers Arrive Home From St. Louis

    [DFW Red Fever] Rangers Arrive Home From St. Louis
    After splitting the first two games of the World Series, the Rangers returned home to dozens of fans at DFW Airport. (Published Friday, Oct 21, 2011)

    But the Rangers were full of Red Fever.

    Inside the clubhouse, Napoli proudly wore a shirt reading "dirtbag," a nickname given to him by Rangers manager Ron Washington. A banner with the same name hangs above his locker.

    "Some guy sent it to me today," Napoli said. "Wash called me 'dirtbag,' so people are sending me shirts and banners and stuff now."

    "The gifts just keep coming I guess," said pitcher Mike Adams, who was seen handing out small baseball key chains.

    And among the slew of reporters in the clubhouse, there was one a little sneakier than the rest.

    Rangers back-up catcher Yorvit Torrealba grabbed a microphone and slowly but surely made his way into the crowd of reporters during his teammates' interviews.

    "Oh my God," Michael Young shouted when he realized the pushy reporter with the microphone was Torrealba. Both teammates then dissolved into laughter.

    Rangers players said they're definitely in a good mood after tying up the series.

    Now, they're ready to play at home, where, hopefully, they can take the title in front of fans.

    "These three games are going to be very important," Adams said. "Hopefully we can take two, if not three -- finish it off here."