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Rangers fans' emotions put through wringer

10/28/2011



ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers fans packed Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub & Grill Thursday night, ready to celebrate the franchise’s first World Series championship.

But it was not to be.

Supporters dressed in jerseys and T-shirts proclaiming their loyalty to the Rangers quietly filed out and into the cool, damp evening air following an 11th inning walk-off home run by St. Louis third baseman David Freese that gave the Cardinals a 10-9 victory.

At Sherlock’s, the home run brought only silence.

Earlier in the evening, the 600 or so that gathered in the Lincoln Square establishment a mile from Rangers Ballpark were in full throat with whoops, hollers and chants, giving the place a real pep rally atmosphere the likes of which hadn’t been seen, according to a Sherlock’s manager, since the Dallas Mavericks NBA championship victory.

With the Rangers leading late, the crowd counted down outs, and finally strikes. The strike countdown reached one on a couple of occasions -- sort of like New Year’s Eve at Times Square, except the ball never dropped all the way.

Sensing this could be the night that the Rangers made history, Arlington resident Stephen Marshall used an iPad to record the game off one of the dozens of television screens in the pub. After the game, he vowed to delete all that he recorded.

“We made a lot of errors,’’ said Marshall, a Rangers fan for four years. “And twice we were one strike away and gave up two runs. I still have faith in our relief pitchers, but I’m scared of [Chris] Carpenter in Game 7.’’

Marshall was unsure where he and his wife would watch Game 7.

“I wasn’t planning on another game,’’ he said.

Neither was Greg Goffinet, a lifelong fan Rangers who watched Game 6 from his home in Grand Prairie.

Starting as a ticket taker in 1974, Goffinet worked for the Rangers as a seasonal employee for 17 years, finishing as head supervisor of all gates in 1991.

Goffinet has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but he watched the entire 11 innings, and like the crowd at Sherlock's, was disappointed in the end.

“Both teams were sloppy fielding the ball, but this still has to go down as one of the top World Series games I’ve seen," he said. "Give St. Louis credit, it never backed down. But when you score nine runs, you should win.’’