Tell me what ya think:
Tell me what ya think:
I was almost positive this wasn’t going to turn out well after last night’s marathon, and it didn’t. After the game concluded I began composing a scathing, Bastard style rant in my head. It took me all but a few moments to shelve that. Because, ultimately, the better team won. The Cardinals out-classed the Rangers in almost every phase of the game tonight. Like an old time prize-fighter, St. Louis realized they had the Lawmen on the ropes after game 6. And, like the champions they are, they threw enough haymakers to finish the series up.
I am not horribly worried about the Rangers. Yes, I am disappointed that I had to watch my team lose its second consecutive World Series. That blows major chunks. However, there are a solid group of guys on that team. They have a good manager, and solid ownership; all with the same goal in mind: win the whole thing.
My hat is off to the St. Louis Cardinals. Congratulations fellas, you damned sure earned it.
Folks, let me tell you, as a Rangers fan, that was one fucking brutal game to watch.
What I observed tonight:
Tonight I felt a little like the kid that expected to get that super-duper toy he had been asking for since before Halloween, only to get a package of socks under the Christmas tree and a dog shit covered rock in his stocking.
Well alrighty then! Baseball gods, FUCK YOU! Game 7 it is! Take heart fellow fans, the Rangers have not lost back-to-back games since August.
WOW! That was one hell of a baseball game.
When the pitchers got themselves in a jam, they managed to pitch their way out of it. I am not now, nor have I been, a fan of Wilson’s post season performance. Having said that, he did what he needed to do tonight; not get slaughtered. The bullpen had some moments, but managed to minimize the potential damage with some kick ass defense by the infielders.
Mike Napoli. What can you say about the guy? Yes, he has had his ‘OMFG, what the fuck are you doing?!’ moments during this World Series. I think he has more than made up for his mistakes with his bat, multiple throw outs at second, and one extra special throw to first base tonight to end the game.
From a managerial standpoint, Ron Washington called a near perfect game. He seemed to know exactly when to make the pitching changes and it paid dividends. He was dialed in. He flat ‘out managed’ Tony La Russa tonight.
To be perfectly honest, I have never been as excited about a Game 6 in a World Series in my whole life. Recall, The Bastard picked the Rangers in 6. I stand by it.
Derek Holland is, by most accounts, the weak spot in Texas’ World Series starting rotation. A funny thing happened on his way to being the turd the post-season media loves to pick on; he pitched a damned near perfect game. It was encouraging to see that the Rangers had indeed learned something from last year’s World Series failure; just because they have you down, doesn’t mean you’re out.
A very dinged up Josh Hamilton drove in a run in the first inning to get the show started. Unfortunately, Jackson, the Cardinal’s pitcher, was throwing ever bit as good a game as Holland…. UNTIL…(cue Darth Vader music)….Mike Napoli cranked a three run shot in the sixth to give the Lawmen all the lead they were going to need. The defense/pitching ruled the rest of the game.
To be quite frank, I was more relieved than excited. Last night’s clusterfuck took a lot out of me.
Ron sure had the boys UP tonight! No doubt he told the team the story of the man who got even rather than getting mad. Keep that nine run beat down in the back of your minds for tomorrow boys!
A dumb motherfucker that I know really well recently wrote, “I think the Cardinals will find life a little tougher in Arlington, Texas.“ Yeah, it was tougher alright. They had to stay up a little later than they planned to stomp a major mud hole in the Rangers’ asses.