2010 World Series: 10 Hero Moments That Will Lead Rangers To Win Over Giants
We're less than 24 hours away from the first pitch of the 2010 World Series between the Texas Rangers, champions of the American League, and the San Francisco Giants, champions of the National League.
There have been all sorts of predictions leading up to this game since both teams clinched their respective leagues.
Some have taken the Rangers and some are going with the Giants, but one thing is for sure, this could be a better series than most think.
Sure the Yankees aren't there and neither are the Red Sox, Dodgers or Phillies, but who's to say that this series couldn't be better than a Phillies and Yankees showdown?
The Giants have three great young starters, while the Rangers have a shut-down ace and an offense that made a throttling of the New York Yankees look easy.
For me, I'm going to go with the Texas Rangers. They've shown me far too much not to pick them to win. Here are 10 moments that will lead them to bringing home the World Series trophy to Arlington.
No. 10: Cliff Lee Goes Nine Complete in Game One
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Exactly what the Texas Rangers needed in the first game of the biggest game in this franchise's history. A big performance in Game 1 of the World Series, out-dueling Giants' starter Tim Lincecum.
He goes nine complete for the Rangers and shows exactly why the team did everything they could to land him from Seattle before the deadline.
No. 9: Josh Hamilton Goes Big Fly Late in Game 1
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Just what the Rangers needed at the moment they needed him. One of his towering home runs in the late innings of Game 1 is all Cliff Lee will need in this one.
Game 1: Rangers 3, Giants 1
Rangers take a 1-0 lead going into Game 2.
No. 8: Michael Young's Three Hits Pace the Rangers
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Michael Young is one of the long-time Rangers and what better stage to come up big than the World Series.
He'll pace this offense in Game 2 with three hits on the day and will be a thorn in the side of the Giants' pitchers.
No. 7: Vladimir Guerrero's Late Double Puts Game 2 on Ice
The Rangers will lead this one from start to finish, but it will take Vladimir Guerrero lacing a late RBI double to put the game away for good.
Game 2: Rangers 5, Giants 2
Rangers take a 2-0 lead going back to Texas.
No. 6: Elvis Andrus Puts Down Huge Squeeze Bunt
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There comes a time when you need to manufacture runs because they've come at a premium so far this season.
Elvis Andrus will get the call and put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score a run to tie the game up in the middle innings.
No. 5: Darren O'Day Comes up Big in Relief
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With the bases loaded and the Giants already up one, the Rangers will call on right-hander Darren O'Day to stop the bleeding.
Not only will he do just that, but he'll keep a single run from scoring in the late innings. Big-time shutdown for the sidearm reliever.
Game 3: Giants 4, Ranger 3
Rangers lead 2-1 going to Game 4.
No. 4: Colby Lewis Once Again Shows up Big for the Rangers
After the Rangers wrapped up the ALCS, thanks to an incredible performance by right-hander Colby Lewis, there were some who thought he deserved the ALCS MVP Award, which ended up going to Josh Hamilton who didn't deserve it any less.
In Game 4 of the World Series, in front of the home fans, Lewis will once again come up big for the Rangers.
No. 3: Nelson Cruz Sends the Fans Home with a Bang
What else can Nelson Cruz do for an encore? Well, he'll show exactly why the Rangers call his bat the "boomstick."
In the home half of the ninth, with the game tied, Nelson Cruz sends the fans home with one swing of the bat.
Game 4: Rangers 5, Giants 2
Rangers lead 3-1 going to Game 5.
No. 2: Jeff Francoeur Comes up with the Biggest Hit of the Night
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Jeff "Frenchy" Francoeur has been waiting for his moment. He's been waiting for the one pitch that will make the difference for his team. He'll get that pitch and he'll turn it into a World Series clincher.
In the eighth, Francoeur drives a two-run double into the gap, giving the Rangers a one-run lead heading to the top half of the ninth. Three more outs from their first World Series Championship.
No. 1: Neftali Feliz in, World Series over
The fans are on their feet from the moment the eighth inning came to an end. They watch as Neftali Feliz makes his way in and the anticipation grows.
Feliz makes it look far too easy for a young closer. One...two...three striking out the side, sending the ballpark in Arlington and the Texas Rangers into a frenzy.
The Texas Rangers are the World Series Champions.
Game 5: Rangers 3, Giants 2
Rangers win the World Series 4-1.