OAKLAND, Calif. -- Richard "Hoggy" Price, the Rangers' clubhouse manager, had to make sure everything was set on Saturday for the club's celebration of the AL West title.
But getting the clubhouse ready for a racous celebration is sometimes a guessing game. He had the champagne on ice -- all 230 bottles -- and the plastic coverings for the lockers ready. Once the Rangers took a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning, he began to get everything ready. Then the A's hit a two-run homer to tie it.
"That stopped everything for a minute," Price said.
The very next half-inning, Jorge Cantu hit the homer to put the Rangers up 4-3 and Price and his crew (plus the crew from Oakland) started putting the plastic up and getting the furniture moved.
"We figured it was easier to get it all taken down quickly than to put it up," Price said.
Price bought 230 bottles of champagne -- 200 of the Tott's brut, 24 Moet (a sponsor of the team) and 6 non-alcoholic -- and eight cases of 24-ounce Bud Light.
"I don't have the words to describe it," Price said about the celebration. "It was priceless. Maybe next year we can do it in front of the home fans."
Price said joked that he would increase the number of champagne bottles for every round of the playoffs the Rangers advanced. (I think he was joking.)