Someday, these will be Cubs: The Texas Rangers celebrate on the field after defeating the New York Yankees 6-1 in Game Six of the ALCS to advance to the World Series during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Congratulations to the Rangers on their first American League championship. They exposed the weaknesses of the bottom portion of the Yankees' rotation and took advantage of that with solid starting and lockdown closing from Neftali Feliz.
They'll be underdogs in the World Series, no matter who they face; both the Giants and Phillies have better rotations than the Rangers do and both can begin the Series with their #1 starter (Tim Lincecum or Roy Halladay).
Special congratulations to Nolan Ryan, who played in the major leagues for 24 seasons after his one and only World Series appearance without ever getting back there. He made it to the postseason four other times, being on the losing team each time -- once with the Angels, three times with the Astros. He's done an outstanding job of building the Rangers -- before 2009, they had had only one winning season between 2000 and 2008.
Roy Oswalt will face Jonathan Sanchez in Philadelphia tonight. If the Giants win, we will be seeing a World Series between a team that has never been there against a team that hasn't won one in 56 years. It's got to be the Cubs' turn soon. And Kerry Wood can come back to Chicago to get his ring.
MLB.com Gameday for NLCS Game Six
Discuss amongst yourselves.