Wednesday October 19, 2011
We started with 30 teams on March 31st, and then there were two. The World Series is just hours away as the Texas Rangers do battle with the St. Louis Cardinals. Let’s take a look at how these two teams got to the fall classic.
Many expected the Texas Rangers to return to the playoffs, and that was about it. The Rangers lost Cliff Lee to Philadelphia. Many in the majors thought Texas wouldn’t be much of a threat. They were wrong. They made their hitting and defense better by adding Adrian Beltre to play third base. After the Rangers took the AL West, they beat the Rays and the Tigers to return to a second straight World Series appearance. They are powered thanks to ALCS MVP Nelson Cruz, who hit six home runs and 13 RBIs, both playoff records. Imagine what a World Series win would mean for Texas, who is one of eight teams never to win the fall classic. What would it mean for players such as Josh Hamilton or manager Ron Washington? Texas is on a mission, and they vow not to fall two years in a row.
No one expected the St. Louis Cardinals to make it to the postseason let alone the World Series. Stalled contract negotiations with Albert Pujols and Tommy John Surgery to ace Adam Wainwright caused these expectations to surface. However, the Cardinals proved the naysayers wrong. They clinched the NL Wild Card overtaking that spot from the Atlanta Braves. They then beat the Philadelphia Phillies, who were favorites to win. They also beat their rivals the Milwaukee Brewers to get to this point. What would a World Series win mean for Lance Berkman, who re-emerged as a top outfielder? What would it mean for Pujols, Chris Carpenter and manager Tony LaRussa, who all brought a title to St. Louis in 2006? St. Louis wants to be the champions again, and they will not allow anyone to stop them.
What will happen when two unstoppable forces collide tonight on FOX at 8 p.m. est? Tune in to find out. This should be an exciting World Series.
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