Even though the Rangers didn't get the thrill of soaking the state-of-the-art visitor's locker room at Yankee Stadium with champagne and ginger ale, the thrill of having the chance to win the American League pennant at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is just as appealing.
"We won the division in Oakland, we won the division series in Tampa, so we should win the American League title at home," said Nelson Cruz moments after the Yankees staved off elimination to win Game 5 7-2.
There was no sense of desperation from this Rangers club, that's what building a 3-1 series lead does for you. Though everyone wanted to wrap up the series last night, there isn't a player, coach or manager that doesn't think it will happen at home Friday or Saturday.
"It's not disappointing," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "Those guys over there are champs, and we didn't expect them to lay down. I like the position we're in."
It won't be easy for the Yankees to come to Texas and take both games, especially with Cliff Lee looming for Game 7. However, in Joe Girardi's world, he's seen his club string together impressive victories this year.
"We have won three games in a row before, we have bounced back a number of times," Girardi said. "We are a talented club you just have to go out, play your game, be aggressive and do what you do. "
Both teams worked out at Rangers Ballpark today with much anticipation for Game 6 Friday night at 7:07 p.m. The Rangers will send Colby Lewis to the mound against the man he beat in Game 2, 18-game winner Phil Hughes.
A victory in either Game 6, of if need be, Game 7, would set a new bar for this franchise that has already enjoyed a record breaking season. It would alter this team's image forever because it could be called a " World Series" team now.
The memories that frustrated long-suffering Rangers fans for more than three generations are now one win away from being covered in the shadow that Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Bengie Molina and Cliff Lee can cast by securing spot in the fall classic.
Think of it, Arlington being the pinnacle of the baseball world in the fall and then the center of the football universe during the winter with Super Bowl 45.
That dream is just one Rangers victory away.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times