There probably is no easy way to the World Series, but if there is, the Texas Rangers certainly didn’t take it.
After leading the American League West division for most of the season, a slump near the end almost kept them out of the playoffs entirely. They then had to win three straight playoff series in which they were the underdog – including a seven-game nail-biter against their in-state rivals, who happened to be the defending champs.
But Monday night in Houston, what so often seemed like a long shot became reality: The Rangers are going to the World Series. Their 11-4 win over the Astros sealed their first berth since 2011. On Friday, they’ll open the series against either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Arizona Diamondbacks, who face off in Game 7 of the NLCS tonight.
“Over the last 12 years, there’s only been one other team that’s made a championship series of any kind. That was the Stars – but that was in 2020, at the height of the pandemic. So everybody’s home; nobody is celebrating this together the way that sports so often bring us together as a community,” he said. “So this is really the first time in a long time that Dallas has had a team that everybody’s been able to rally round in person, the way it should be done in a big sports town like this one.”