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Elephant Rumblings: Rival Rangers heading to World Series

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We’ve been treated to one of the best postseasons in recent memory. Yesterday’s Game 7 saw the Texas Rangers throttle the Houston Astros in a do-or-die scenario, beating their state rival 11-4 and punching a ticket to the franchise’s third World Series appearance ever.

The Rangers have been especially deadly on the road as the team is a perfect 8-0 when away from Globe Life Field. That ties them with the 1996 New York Yankees for the longest road win streak to start a postseason.

It’s been a group effort but last night it was the bats, especially Star outfielder Adonis Garcia. Garcia, who was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for cash considerations a few years ago, went 4-5 last night with a pair of home runs. Garcia also broke the postseason record for RBI’s in a single-series with 15, topping Nelson Cruz’s 13 in 2011. That performance led Garcia to being named the ALCS MVP, a well-deserved honor.

Also of note, after the game, rumors began spreading that Dusty Baker is set to call it a career:

We don’t yet have confirmation from the man himself but he spoke after his team’s blow loss Game 7 loss:

It had to happen sooner or later. If this is it for Dusty, then the next time we’ll see him is when he gives his future Hall of Fame speech. And well deserved.

Now the Rangers rest for a couple days and await their World Series opponent. That team will be determined today, one way or another. That’s thanks to another amazing series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona will turn to rookie Brandon Pfaadt while the Phillies will counter with lefty Ranger Suarez. The Philadelphia crowd has been one of the best crowds of the postseason so the Phillies have that advantage, but this young Arizona team is playing with house money now. They weren’t supposed to be here, one win away from the World Series.

This is postseason baseball at its finest folks. Soak it all in.

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