My wife and I walked into the Red Coyote café in Rockwall, Texas about game time, pulled up some bar stools, and got ready to watch the game. When the bartender arrived with our chips, salsa, and beer, I was told that I had to go for the Yankees tonight. “Why is that?” I asked him. “Because Norma (the manager of the Tex-Mex establishment) has been asked to sing the National Anthem should the series go to a seventh game. “That’s wonderful,” I said, “but we need to close the deal tonight.”
The storybook ending for the Texas Rangers fifty year drought had all the necessary ingredients: A pitching gem for Colby Lewis, timely hitting by Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz, Alex Rodriguez striking out on the final pitch, and Josh Hamilton winning the MVP award of the American League. The 6-1 win was one for the ages.
After the final out, the team celebrated on the field with a stream of uncorked ginger ale (a sign of team unity addressing Josh Hamilton’s substance abuse problem).
The closing out of the hated Yankees in game 6 will also allow Cliff Lee to start game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. What a start!
After we watched the celebration on the field, we pushed our bar stools in and called it a night. I approached Norma as we reached the door and gave her the thumbs up, “Looks like you will be singing at the World Series instead.”