Happy closer: Rangers' Feliz guarantees victory against Yankees

David Brown

Well, we can call the teams back from the field. The ALCS is over, according to Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz(notes).

Feliz, who set a rookie record for saves in the regular season, guarantees a Rangers victory against the New York Yankees.

We're barely settled in for Game 1 and the series is already over?

Now that's a closer.

Feliz said as much to Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes on Thursday.

Rojas likens Feliz to Pedro Martinez(notes), in that he won't necessarily say the politically expedient thing like his teammates might. The flip side of that: Didn't Pedro call the Yankees his "daddy"?

I haven't seen an English version yet of the Feliz story, but thanks one of the wonders of the internet, The Stew is going bilingual with a rough translation.

From ESPNdeportes via Google Translate:

Feliz adds: "I trust my team, I am 100-percent sure that we're going to win."

Sounds like a guarantee to me.

But, a couple of things for you English-only fans.

One, the literal translation makes it seem like Feliz picked the Yankees. It probably should be read to say: The Yankees are going to be beaten faster.

Another linguistic note: "Feliz" means "Happy" or "Merry" in Spanish. For example, Feliz Navidad = Merry Christmas. Pedro Feliz(notes) = Happy Peter.

One more thing (cosa): "Rangers" translates to "Vigilantes."

How awesome (impresionante) is that? Knowing the history of Texas law enforcement, it makes some sense, doesn't it? Also, the famous line from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" comes to mind: They don't need no stinkin' badges.

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