In each of the past two seasons, the Texas Rangers have gone to the World Series. Also in each of the past two seasons, they’ve gone without homefield advantage, due to the American League’s inability to top the National league in the All-Star game during that span.
On Tuesday, the American Leaguers extended their ASG losing streak to three, meaning that whoever represents the AL in the Fall Classic this year, they too will be without an extra home game. It’s a disadvantage, to some (arguable) degree, as the Rangers know, but they also know that July is a little early to worry about the World Series.
"It is what it is. They got home-field advantage and hopefully we're there to play in it,” said Mike Napoli, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I had a good time, glad to be a part of this and took it all in. I'll remember this for the rest of my life."
Manager Ron Washington echoed this sentiment, essentially saying that going to the World Series without homefield advantage is a pretty nice problem to have, since, you know, you’re going to the World Series.
"I think every team out there that may have a chance at being in the World Series would like to play four games at home,” Washington said. “But if you're in the World Series, to me, it doesn't matter."