The Rangers Are Going to the World Series

What did you say?  The RANGERS are going to the World Series???  More remarkable things than that have happened in human history, but off the top of my head, I can't think of one.  Well, maybe the Astros having been in the World Series in 2005....

My first thought is, "Yeah, they beat the Yankees."  Any time a team from the Confederacy--especially one from Texas--beats a team from the North--especially one named "Yankees"--I am more than pleased.  If only it had happened 150 years ago, too.

My second thought is Nolan Ryan.  He's nothing but a class act, and if anybody deserves this, he does.  Here's a quick question and a quick answer:  Has Ryan ever been on or associated with a team that went to the World Series?......................The answer is "yes," he was on the 1969 "Miracle" Mets who beat the Orioles.  But, to the best of my recollection, that's the only time.  Even Yankee fans have to be happy for him.

Can the Rangers win the Series?  Well, yes, of course they can, they have a 50-50 chance, since there will only be two teams playing and they are one of them.  But I do remember 2005, the first (and only) time the Astros were in the World Series.  They were actually favored to win by many pundits, but they choked big time and got swept by the White Sox.  This is the Rangers' first World Series, too, and the first for nearly all of their top players.  It will be stressful to say the least, especially if they play the Phillies, who've been to the Series the past two years.  Thus, it might be better if the Giants were the opponent since most of their "stars" haven't been in the World Series, either.

Regardless of whom they play, they've got a chance to bring the first World Series trophy to Texas.  I hope they do.  They aren't supposed to be there.  They were underdogs to Tampa Bay in the Divisional Series and they were huge underdogs to the Yankees in the LCS.  They play the game on the field, and that's where it will be decided.

Get 'em, Rangers.  Make people forget the Cowboys for awhile, who are having a totally forgettable season so far this year anyway.