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A+E is out with yet another Major League Baseball release, this time showing some love to the Texas Rangers, last year's World Series also-rans, and shockingly this year left outside-the-playoffs-looking-in. The Essential Games of the Texas Rangers collects four original broadcasts of big-time Rangers games throughout the years, delivering them on individual discs for loyal Rangers' fans who travel to Arlington to watch these guys play in a climate that's a few degrees warmer than the surface of the sun.
You guys deserve this.
• "Nolan Ryan's Seventh No-Hitter"
• "1996 ALDS Game 1"
• "2010 ALCS Game 6"
• "2011 ALCS Game 6"
This is an interesting set. The games themselves are fine (though lopsided), but aside from the Nolan Ryan outing aren't all these memories sort of loaded for Rangers fans? The 1996 win is great, but what came of it? And 2010 and 2011—can you really enjoy reliving those accomplishments, knowing the heartbreak that would come? But you gotta fill a set I suppose.
The Ryan game and the 1996 ALDS game are transferred in full frame and the 2010 and 2011 games get 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers. As is the case with these releases, there are no fills: just the uninterrupted games.
Cling to this fleeting joy, Rangers fans.
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