I am convinced that the story of the 2010 Texas Rangers Season is an gold mine for ESPN’s 30 for 30. Here are just 10 stories that have made this season’s story special.
1.) In 2001, the Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez for 10 years and a quarter of a billion dollars, only to play with us for 3 years before being traded to the dreaded Yankees. Due to his time and failure to deliver any wins, and his eventual admission to steroid use during his time with the Rangers, A-Rod is now on the Ranger’s fan Most Hated List.
2.) Josh Hamilton struggled with drugs and alcohol for several years. A first overall selection of the draft in 1999, Hamilton never lived up to his potential because of his addictions and almost never made a return to baseball. But in 2007 he made his return to baseball with the Cincinnati Red and was traded to the Rangers in 2008.
3.) In that same draft (1999), Colby Lewis was the first round pick for the Texas Rangers only to have a difficult and injury-ridden career. In 2008-2009, Lewis signed and pitched for a Japanese team seeing his career revitalized. In 2010, he made his return to the Texas Rangers and led the team in strikeouts.
4.) Michael Young, heralded as the ultimate team player, started his career at second base only to move to shortstop after the acquisition of Alphonso Soriano and stayed when Ian Kinsler became the everyday second baseman. Then a few years later moved to third base for the up and coming hot shot shortstop Elvis Andrus. Young also broke Rangers hit record this season.
5.) Ron Washington testing positive for cocaine last season and admitting to it at the beginning of the season, yet didn’t get let go. The Rangers organization gave him a second chance to redeem himself.
6.) Hicks refused to sell the team on Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg’s original team and for a couple of months this summer, the ownership of the team was a major distraction to the media and North Texas area. But not to the Rangers as they had a 11 game winning streak at this time to grab hold of their top spot in the division
7.) Coming into the playoff, the Rangers were 1-9 and never won a game at home. They were playing against the team with the best record, Tampa, and were expected to lose in 4. Rangers win in 5
8.) The only other team the Rangers had ever played in the playoff were the New York Yankees. The current defending world champions. Rangers win in 6.
9.) Not only did they win in 6, but the last out was against Alex Rodriguez.
10.) Oh, and did I forget the mention that the beloved Cowboys (who were projected to go the Super Bowl in their own stadium) are 1-5.
There you go. Only 10 I can name off the top of my head. There are several more that added to the magic this season.
I’m telling you, you can’t make this stuff up.
P.S.: Rangers in 5