Texas Rangers: 2011 World Series

How 2011 ended still bugs Michael Young

January, 31, 2014
Jan 31
6:14
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Without any prompting during Michael Young's retirement news conference on Friday, the 37-year-old veteran mentioned the 2011 season twice. And he seemed to cringe a bit both times.

"I'm over it, but I'm not over it," Young said, echoing the feelings of many Texas Rangers fans.

Young said the club was "steamrolling" through the playoffs in 2011 and felt very good about their chances of winning the franchise's first championship. But Game 6, considered by many as one of the greatest finishes to any World Series game, still bothers him. The Rangers were one strike away from the title twice before falling in 11 innings. They went on to lose Game 7 and haven't won a playoff game since, falling in the AL wild-card game in 2012 and losing in Game 163 last season.

“I know there are no rings, but that was a championship team,” Young said.

It was the second straight World Series appearance and came after the Rangers lost in five games to the San Francisco Giants.

"In 2010, I felt like we just got outplayed," Young said. "We ran into a scorching hot team. In 2011, I mean no disrespect by it, but they (the Cardinals) have a great team too, but we were better. Flat out. I can say that now that I’m retired."

Young was smiling at that one, but he said he was "honored" to play with that group of players and felt like that team was "on a mission." It just didn't end the way he wanted.

First pitchers: Dirk, Bush, Staubach

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
6:10
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We already knew Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's Game 3 of the World Series. Now we know who will take part in the rest of the pregame ceremonies for Games 3-5 at Rangers Ballpark.

Former President George W. Bush, an ex-owner of the Rangers, will throw the first pitch to Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan before Sunday's Game 4. Cowboys legend Roger Staubach will do the honors before Monday's Game 5, with Rangers Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers on the receiving end.

The Rangers also announced who will be on national anthem duty. Game 3 goes to country artist Ronnie Dunn. Game 4 will be handled by actress/singer Zooey Deschanel. Actress/singer Demi Lovato, a North Texas native, will sing before Game 5.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Elvis Andrus
BA HR RBI R
.305 1 3 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .776
WM. Perez 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23