Durrett: Composed Lewis ready for Game 6
Lewis doesn't exactly stick out. He walks like a man twice his age, ambling around on a balky hip. Perhaps that's why he never appears in a rush to do anything. Ask a question and you're more likely to get a shrug of the shoulders and a smile rather than any kind of lengthy answer.
So with the Rangers up 3-2 in the World Series, sitting one win away from the ultimate prize that has eluded them for nearly 40 years, the calm and composed Lewis takes the ball in the hostile territory of Busch Stadium. The Rangers wouldn't have it any other way.
"He totally believes in what he's trying to do out there on the mound," manager Ron Washington said. "He never gets away from what he does best. That's the key thing that keeps him relaxed. He does exactly what he's capable of doing and then, whatever the results are, he'll deal with them. If you can get every ballplayer to have that mindset, you'll have some super players all over the field."
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