World Series 2010: The Texas Rangers Are "Facing The Giants"

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World Series 2010: The Texas Rangers Are
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The Texas Rangers are headed to the World Series.

The world is going to end in 2012.

The world ending in 2012 is the only reason I can think of, that the Texas Rangers are in the World Series, while the Cowboys are 1-4, the Texas Longhorns are out of the Top 25, and TCU and Baylor are in the top 25.

The Rangers came into this season with three playoff appearances, and only having won one playoff game out of ten. This year, however, the Rangers changed all that. In the ALDS, the Rangers won games one and two, doubling their previous amount of postseason wins.

The Tampa Bay Rays would storm back and take games three and four, before "Mr. October," Cliff Lee lead them to a Game five victory.

The Texas Rangers were finally winners of a postseason series, for the first time in franchise history. Their next opponent, in the ALCS, would be no cakewalk. The New York Yankees, winners of 27 World Titles, were looking to continue their quest for No. 28.

They were boasting former Ranger stars, such as Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees were trailing 5-0 in Game 1, before making a roaring comeback, leading most fans to believe, that the Bronx Bombers would easily dispose of the Rangers en route to a 28th title. 

The Rangers would not go quietly, however, taking three straight games from the Yankees in commanding fashion. The Yankees decisively took Game 5, to take the series back to Arlington.

In Game 6, Colby Lewis shut down the Yankees for eight innings, and Vladimir Guerrero, and Nelson Cruz made the Yankees pay with an RBI Double and 2-run homer respectively, following a Josh Hamilton intentional walk.

In the ninth inning, Neftali Feliz struck out Nick Swisher, got Robinson Cano to ground out, and the batter was Alex Rodriguez. After throwing fastballs that clocked at 98 mph, 99 mph and 100 mph, the count was 1-2.

The crowd was on its feet, and Feliz froze Rodriguez with an 83 mph curveball for strike three.  Is there a more fitting way for the Rangers to make their first ever World Series, than by striking out A-Rod? Oh the Irony of that moment. 

As soon as strike three was called by the umpire, pandemonium broke loose in Texas, people (including myself) waited in lines up to three hours after the game to get their Texas Rangers World Series merchandise. The Rangers have broken the curse!

Wait.

The Story is not over yet, the Rangers defeated the mighty Yankees, but they are not champions yet. What good would the 1980 Olympic hockey team win over the Soviet Union be, if they had not went and won the gold medal the next day?

The Texas Rangers have unfinished business, and in the World Series, they will be "Facing the Giants."

The San Francisco Giants that is. Game 1 presents an awesome pitching matchup in the form of Cliff Lee vs. Tim Lincecum. The Rangers are looking for their first ever World Title, and they will have to slay the Giants in order to do so. 

The Giants are the best pitching team in the MLB, while the Rangers are the best hitting team in the MLB. This matchup is strength vs. strength.

The celebration has died down in Texas, and it is time for the Rangers to finish what they started.

The Rangers look to atone for the seasons of the Cowboys and the Longhorns.

Will the Rangers slay the Giants?

In the words of Rangers manager Ron Washington, "The Time is now."

For questions regarding the article, please comment or send me an e-mail.

Paul Ferguson is an intern at Bleacher Report.

Paul is the director of NFL Content at premiersportstalk.com

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