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It’s Not Over Rangers Fans, They Play Seven: Fan’s View
The Texas Rangers lost their last back to back game on August 25th to the Boston Red Sox. I think it is fair to say that now is not the time to have another. What was one of the sloppiest World Series games in the history of baseball turned into one of the greatest. The only bad thing is that the St. Louis Cardinals were on the winning side of it.
Now Rangers fans sit the day after Game 6 with a choice. Do you give up now or do you fight? Do you toss in the rally towel now and start looking at the free-agent market or do you still have one more game in you?
One thing I can guarantee you is that the Rangers will fight longer than the fans will. This is one of the most resilient teams I have ever seen and they will be ready to go for Game 7. At the same time, so will the Cardinals and that is the reason they play seven games in the World Series.
The Rangers however are who I care about and what I am concerned with. Right now I don't want to analyze Game 6. I want to look forward to the first World Series Game 7 in franchise history. As a kid you dream of Game 7 and while I am not playing in it, it is here. I am not for one second going to let one of the greatest games in the history of baseball steal my enjoyment of Game 7.
Let's face it, Game 6 was a classic and the Cardinals will remembered for coming out on top in it, but that does not mean they will be remembered for winning the series. It isn't over.
The year of 2011 still has one more baseball game to be played and while it is uncharacteristically cold in North Texas right now, that shows that the Rangers are mixed up in the middle of something new and something special. They are playing in Game 7 of the World Series, winner take all.
Matt Harrison(notes) will be on the mound to most likely match up against Chris Carpenter. The Rangers will also have C.J. Wilson(notes) in the bullpen. Wilson was up in the pen in Game 6, but never had to be used. The Rangers also had Mike Napoli(notes) and Nelson Cruz(notes) suffer injuries. Napoli badly sprained his ankle going into second base and Nelson Cruz left the game with a strained groin. I don't see either one of them being out of the lineup tonight, but you never know how bad guys are really injured this time of year. However, do you really see Mike Napoli not strapping on his gear tonight?
I didn't think so. Just as Napoli and the Rangers will still be fighting for one more game, so should you.
It's not over. This is a special team of fighters and they were built for October. They play seven for a reason.
John Bowman is a lifelong baseball and Texas Rangers fan that loves to ponder the deeper aspects of the game. Some of his first baseball memories involve Arlington Stadium nachos, Charlie Hough's knuckeball, dirt on Pete Incaviglia's uniform and the voices of Mark Holtz and Eric Nadel as he fell asleep. Follow him on Twitter @TexasWinColumn.
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