Nelson Cruz moves on from Game 6

February, 9, 2012
2/09/12
3:48
PM CT
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who agreed to terms on a two-year, $16 million deal plus incentives on Thursday, said it was "difficult" to try to move on from coming so close to winning a championship.

“You always want to complete a goal, especially back-to-back years and not making it,” said Cruz, who got a virus in the Dominican Republic shortly after the playoffs that caused him to lose weight. He's been treated in the United States and says he feels fine. “You’ve got to get over it. You don’t always get what you want. The whole team, the coaching staff, we have to make sure we get better, whatever we need to do to get better to make sure we get back to the World Series and win it all.”

Cruz said he trusted his instincts on the ball that was hit by David Freese in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Rangers one strike away from a title.

"I should have been closer to the wall," Cruz said.

But he said his instincts told him to play shallow in right field and he wasn't able to get all the way back to the wall to catch it. The two-out, two-strike triple scored two runs to tie the score and the eventually Cardinals won the game in the 11th (on a Freese home run) and won the World Series in seven games.

Cruz said he and his teammates will "keep fighting" to reach their ultimate goal of a title.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Jon Daniels

Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Jim Bowden

ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.

Galloway & Company: Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ron Washington

Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Fire Wash?

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAL. Martin .322
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 12
OPSS. Choo .891
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23