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After 51 years, the Rangers know how to wait

Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 6:50 pm
ST. LOUIS -- Wednesday was gray and gloomy at Busch Stadium. The weather forecast for Game 6 of the World Series? Ugly.

Kind of like most of the Rangers' franchise history.

They were born 51 years ago as the second Washington Senators, the second coming of a team that wasn't exactly successful the first time around. They moved to Texas just 11 years later, and played in a glorified minor-league ballpark for 22 years after that.

They never won a playoff series until last year, their 50th season. Their biggest-ever free agent signing was Alex Rodriguez, and it was basically a disaster.

They built this World Series team while in bankruptcy court.

"If people knew what has transpired over the last four years, it's an amazing story," franchise icon and club president Nolan Ryan said a few days back. "It's a phenomenal story."

And now that story includes a rainout that pushes back the Rangers' first-ever potential World Series clincher.


These guys already understand what it means to wait.

After all they've been through, one more day is hardly going to affect them.

"It's not like we're going to sit here and bite our nails," Michael Young said. "It's just a rainout."

Young, a Ranger since 2000, sets the tone in the Texas clubhouse. He knows what they've been through, knows what the organization has been through.

"I'm definitely appreciative of where we are," he said. "It's a lot of fun to be part of the group that has taken this organization where it hadn't been."

Young and the other Rangers players say that even they don't know the entire story of the bankruptcy, which forced Major League Baseball to basically take the team over from Tom Hicks, and then oversaw the sale to the ownership group that runs the Rangers now.

"I appreciate the bigger picture," manager Ron Washington said. "I really appreciate that Nolan Ryan and the guys, they kept it out of the clubhouse."

But even if they didn't know the details, the Rangers players couldn't escape everything going on around them.

"This organization has been through a lot," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "It's my sixth year, and there's been lots of ups and downs just in my six years."

Part of that, Kinsler said, was simply changing the image of a franchise that had never won big. There was a sense of the Rangers as a team that could never pitch enough to win, or as a team that would fall apart after summers spent in the Texas heat.

"A lot of it was labeling," Kinsler said. "We were labeled as a team that just hit, a team in a hitters' park. The label was that we were so one-dimensional. To be able to turn that, change that, I think is huge."

They've changed it so much that they've been in the World Series two straight years, and that now they're within one win of a championship.

"We've been on quite a run," Kinsler said. "We've been the dominant team in the American League the last two seasons."

They've built something good, and they know it. They've built something that no one else could build with this franchise, through half a century, through Washington and then Texas.

They've built it, and now they'll wait one more day for Game 6, which stands as the biggest game this franchise has ever played.

They can wait another day.

And, oh, Nolan Ryan is right. It is a phenomenal story.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:13 am

After 51 years, the Rangers know how to wait

Knobler has had it out for the Cardinals all year and it's really ticking Cardinals Nation off no offense Rangers but we aren't as easy as Knobler makes us out to be and you all witnessed that tonight with your "All-Star" Releiver Ogando blew it again, and your "All-Star" Closer whats up now?

You all can't really go in to confident about your bulpen tomorrow regardless of who's in it.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:55 am

After 51 years, the Rangers know how to wait

The Rangers are looking good, and feeling good.  What more can you ask for going to St.Louis to win your first World Series.  I am a transplant from Texas and spent years going to games to see Nolan Ryan pitch.  Thats what we watched for so many years.  The team has made huge strides in being a great competitor in the league.  I hope that after such a long time of watching, we get to feel what it is like to have a MLB World Championship.  Nothing against the cards, but you have had yours, we are going to take ours this year at your park!!

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:08 pm

After 51 years, the Rangers know how to wait

Knobler is still waiting for Verlander to pitch game seven...

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:08 pm

After 51 years, the Rangers know how to wait

After watching that fiasco between the Phillies and the Rays a few years back, I'm glad they made the decision to postpone tonight's game. I don't want to see Bud Selig channel his Bowie Kuhn and sit through the game in his shirtsleeves in a forty degree deluge. Actually, I don't want to see Selig at all.

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