ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers’ roller-coaster season included their manager’s cocaine admissions during spring training, a drawn-out bankruptcy ordeal while changing ownership and several twists and turns on the field.
They aren’t going to let a little thing like the most gut-wrenching loss in franchise history get them down.
At least that was the word coming out of the home clubhouse after the Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit for a 6-5 victory in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, preventing the Rangers from winning a postseason game on Texas turf for the first time in team history. The Rangers insist that this isn’t a loss that will linger.
“We don’t let too many things bother us,” captain Michael Young said. “We learn from every experience we have. We won the first two games last series, dropped the next two and didn’t miss a beat. We don’t really concern ourselves with stuff that’s over with. This game’s over with.”
Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson snapped at a reporter who suggested the Rangers had never been through anything like this.
“Yeah, we went 162-0 in the regular season, right?” Wilson said. “This is one game.”
It was one game that happened to be the most important in the franchise’s four decades. But that will be true only until Game 2 at 3:07 p.m. Saturday, which is Wilson’s point.
“The reality is that we’ve been through so much that a lot of the guys in here are able to say, ‘This game is just one game.’” Wilson said. “There’s no sort of extra penalty for losing the first game. You still have to win four. Both teams have to win four games. If anything, we have a six-game series now and we have to win four games.
“Today is over. Turn the page, get some sleep, eat a burrito for breakfast tomorrow and, bam, come back at it.”
This loss stacked the odds against the Rangers, but that hasn’t prevented them from prospering all season.