ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final out of the American League Championship Series couldn’t have been scripted any better for Rangers fans.
Alex Rodriguez, a living, breathing, check-chasing reminder of Tom Hicks’ awful ownership tenure, stepped into the batters’ box against the Rangers’ kid closer. Neftali Feliz made quick work of the Texas-ex, striking him out on three pitches, punching the Rangers’ World Series ticket by getting a punchout looking with a slider on the outside corner.
It was the only time that A-Rod, who hit .190 in the ALCS, came to the plate at Rangers Ballpark this series without boos echoing throughout Arlington. The 51,404 fans were too busy hollering in anticipation of a 39-year wait coming to an end.
The Rangers as we’ve known them over the years are gone. A new era has begun.
Consider the A-Rod K an exclamation point.