Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Rangers and Giants: Each Knocked off Their League's Powerhouse Team

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Rangers and Giants: Each Knocked off Their League's Powerhouse Team

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The World Series will pit a Texas Rangers team that has both track star like speedsters and home run hitters against the San Francisco Giants, who have some of the best hurlers in the sport.

Maybe this World Series will be good for baseball.

Instead of the usual powerhouses, the New York Yankees or the Philadelphia Phillies, baseball fans will see the rag-tag San Francisco Giants, a team filled with cast-offs from other franchises, face off against the Texas Rangers, who will be trying to convince Dallas to forget about the Cowboys.

Both the Giants and the Rangers earned their way to the fall classic.

On Saturday night the Giants surprised the baseball world by winning the National League Championship Series, beating the Phillies 3-2 in Philadelphia's home park in game six. On Friday night, also in game six, the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, knocked the defending champions, the New York Yankees, out of the post season by a score of 6 to 1.

The World Series will pit a Texas team that has both track star like speedsters and home run hitters against a Giants team that has some of the best hurlers in the sport, including ace Tim Lincecum, winner of the Cy Young Award last year.

Nolan Ryan's boys

The Texas team may become known as Ryan's Boys since their president, former strike-out king Nolan Ryan, put them together. The San Francisco fans already call their brand "torture baseball," since the team has a way of getting into and eventually out of jams.

The last time the Giants made it to the Big Dance was in 2002 when the "boys by the bay" lost to the American League wildcard Anaheim Angels in seven games. That series will be remembered for a record 21 home runs and a record 85 runs scored. Barry Bonds tied a seven-game series record with four home runs and shattered the single-Series walks record with thirteen. (That was before he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in the steroids scandal.)

The current Giants are not loaded with the same kind of power. Yes, they beat the Phillies on Friday night when infielder Juan Uribe punched a Ryan Madson pitch over the right-field wall to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. …

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