Rangers Giants Picture Perfect

SI.com

Watching the Rangers win the ALCS was beautiful.
Literally, the weather, the crowd shots, the fireworks–picture perfect.

It’s been a while since a baseball game had me jumping off the couch in celebration. But Vlady’s two-out two-run double in the fifth had me leaping for joy, as did Nelson Cruz’s monstrous two-run homer that landed in the deepest part of the ballpark!

For me personally, it goes a step further. I say the Ranger’s monumental victory saves the 2010 season. Witnessing New York win another World Series with a $200-million payroll couldn’t be any more anti-climatic.

Meanwhile, whoever thought Philadelphia’s three-headed monster of Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt would fall short against San Fran?

Lots of attention is being given to the band of misfits headlined by Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell, and Cody Ross. And without question, it’s well deserved. But Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez isn’t a bad threesome, either. Downing H2O in six games was no fluke.

This matchup makes for a terrific World Series. There are plenty of good storylines, good pitching and good defense, and I’m happy no matter who wins.

If I must choose a winner, however, I like Texas. Cliff Lee is likely to get two starts and the Rangers lineup is dominate compared to a Giants offense that’s scored four or more runs in just two of its 10 postseason games.

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