The buzz was at a fever pitch all week at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the defending AL champ Texas Rangers set fire to the league with a 6-0 start behind their record-setting offense and some surprisingly solid starting pitching.
The Rangers swept the "best team ever" in the Boston Red Sox, and then swept division foe Seattle which included a win over Cy Young winner King Felix Hernandez. But now, they head out on the road to face a surprising, young Baltimore Orioles team and their manager, former Rangers skipper Buck Showalter, who has a tendency to turn bad teams into good ones.
Then, the Rangers go to Detroit for a three-game set, and then, what Bronx fans have been waiting for since October — the Rangers go to Yankee Stadium.
After the Rangers took the ALCS from the Yankees last season, New York scribes, and pretty much everyone but Texans, said the series was won by Cliff Lee, and when Lee exited stage left in the off-season, the Rangers would be back to an average team.
Even though it's just two weeks into the season, that will be the Rangers' chance to prove them wrong.
if the Rangers come back from that road trip with a split, they'll most likely still be in first place when they return home for a series against division foe Los Angeles on April 18, and if that's the case, look out.
If you thought Opening Week was a zoo at Rangers Ballpark, you ain't seen nothing yet.