2010 World Series GAME 3 - Rangers 4, Giants 2: My Top 10 Observer-ations
9. During the season, Neftali Feliz saved 40 victories, about one in every four Texas games. Amazingly, tonight - in the Rangers' 14th playoff game - he appeared in a post-season save situation for the first time. How'd he do? Two strikeouts and a 13-pitch, 10-strike stress-free save. Nice.
8. After surveying the crowd and culture of both parks the last two games, Rangers vs. Giants feels like this: Conservative Bible-beaters vs. Liberal Pot-smokers.
7. Josh Hamilton, welcome to the World Series. Before his 5th inning homer to right field that made it 4-0, he was 1 for 10.
6. When San Francisco's Andres Torres homered in the 8th, the fan who caught the homer in right field threw it back on the field. Why?! You had a souvenir home-run ball from the first World Series game ever at Rangers Ballpark and now you've got ... the instant-high, faster-fading memory a 5-second ovation from surrounding fans who were merely jealous of your good fortune. It's like when you quit your job in a huff. Feels good on the elevator down, but as soon as you get to your car it's "What the hell did I just do?!" Right?
5. Remember it's Halloween on Sunday. Dress up as a comeback. Last team to rally from 0-2 down to win the World Series were the '96 New York Yankees. So put on your pinstripes and ... check that, dress like a Zombie instead.
4. Key at-bat of the game by Mitch Moreland. After fouling off four consecutive 2-2 off-speed pitches from Jonathan Sanchez, he drilled a fastball for a 3-run homer to right field in the 2nd inning. And, yep, he did it as the Rangers' No. 9 hitter. In the NL - sans Designated Hitter - that would've been some lame pitcher's spot. Welcome to big-boy baseball, San Francisco. After all, not using the DH is, well, un-American. Since 1998 in the World Series, NL teams are now 7-24 in AL parks. The Rangers are back in the series, but to win this thing they'll have to figure out a way to win in an NL-ruled game in AT&T Park, where they are 0-11 all-time.
3. Well-played Rangers' largest-crowd ever of 52,419. Well-played, indeed. Especially you, dude in the Lee jersey. Wait ... that's No. 45. Carlos Lee? Not Cliff Lee, Carlos? He of the 59-game, 9-homer stint in Texas back in 2006? Weird.
2. Colby Lewis is like a soft sunrise after a night of hard whisky. He's won three consecutive playoff starts, all after Rangers' losses. Game 2 of the ALCS. Game 6 of the ALCS. And now Game 3 of the WS. He didn't have his "A" game, but Lewis is now the first Rangers' pitcher to win a World Series game. Brah. Voe.
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