Judge Daryl Loomis could never stop stepping in the bucket.
"Alex is the player we believe will allow this franchise to fulfill its dream of continuing on its path to becoming a World Series champion."—then-Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks, 2001
It is game six of the 2010 American League Championship Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX. The Texas Rangers are leading the hated New York Yankees in the series three games to two. It's the top of the ninth inning, the Rangers lead the game 6-1, and Alex Rodriguez stands at the plate. The count is at one ball and two strikes for Neftali Feliz, the rookie closer for the Rangers, who stands poised to pitch. The ball comes in, outside half of the plate, called strike three, the Rangers win the pennant! It's the greatest moment in Texas Rangers history and I was lucky enough to be at the ballpark to watch.
As far fetched as it may have seemed, the quote from the bumbling and bankrupt former owner turned out to be the smartest thing he ever said. With A-Rod standing there looking like a fool while his adversaries celebrate their success, he fulfilled his destiny as the man to send the Texas Rangers to the World Series. Thanks A-Rod, hope you had a nice time watching.
From Major League Baseball and A&E, It's Time tells the unlikely story of the 2010 Texas Rangers and their ascent to the top of the American League. Though they failed in their World Series bid to the San Francisco Giants, this was the greatest season in the forty year history of the franchise. The season was filled with controversy and scandal, but the Rangers banded together around their manager, Ron Washington, whose attitude and demeanor carried over into his squad. This was a fun season of baseball to watch and I'm lucky to have seen a few of those historic games in person.
The presentation of the hour long documentary isn't as good as it could be. They travel month-by-month from spring training to the end of the season and beyond, but it's a dry journey that amounts to a clip show. For Ranger fans who don't live in the area, this might be a good chance for them to see footage from a team that is almost never shown nationally. For local fans, there's nothing here they haven't seen. There are some quotes from players, but they're your basic pat athlete quotes that mean little more than the company line. Still, it was fun to watch the clips of those playoff games again. Nelson Cruz's home run in Game 6 of the ALCS to blow the game open will always rank as one of the top sports moments of my life. The crowd was amazing in that moment; they showed themselves as true fans, in love with their Texas Rangers, and I'm proud to call myself one of them.
Texas Rangers: It's Time is a fun story, but a mediocre DVD. A&E produces these discs for the league champions every year, and every year they're the same. The footage is taken off the television broadcasts from Fox Sports Southwest, while the accompanying commentary alternates between the television and radio feeds. It looks and sounds fine, but is nothing beyond what originally aired. The supplemental features consist of additional game and playoff celebration footage. Nothing that exciting.
It's Time may be good for the memories, but it's an insubstantial and fluffy piece of Rangers propaganda. For fans only.
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