Wow. I don't think I've come down yet.
The Rangers lead the ALCS 2-0 thanks to Nelson Cruz busting out the Boomstick for baseball's first postseason walkoff grand slam. Scenarios? Worst case: The Rangers play another home game. Best case: The Rangers don't see Justin Verlander again as they await their next opponent.
There is so much out there about last night's game. Here is just a taste of it from the usual sources:
T.R. Sullivan's game story quotes Ian Kinsler as calling the game "an instant classic." I can safely say it is a game I will never forget.
Richard Durrett has his reactions to the game. Everything I've seen written about this game has been thick with the superlatives. I've always wanted to see this happen for a Ranger postseason game. It does not disappoint.
For example, behind the DMN paywall, Evan Grant asks: "Greatest baseball game in Arlington history?"
Jim Caple writes about the magnitude of last night's epic and ponders: "Who needs the Yankees and Red Sox anyway?"
Matt Mosley writes about Cruz's special night. After looking completely lost (a description I hate, actually) in the ALDS, there was an emphatic encouraging sign on Saturday -- when Cruz homered off of Justin Verlander -- that Cruz was perhaps breaking out of his slump. We wondered what it would look like if Nelson Cruz got hot in these playoffs. It looks unprecedented.
Anthony Andro has a piece on Cruz making history. Also, in case you forgot, Nellie's ALCS game-winning grand slam was a pizza dong.
Greg Johns writes about the Rangers' amazing bullpen performance in the ALCS so far and of Scott Feldman's heroic work in yesterday's game. If there were a distant second for player of the game (with Cruz already locking up the top spot), it would be hard to argue against the 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball Feldman pitched. Said Feldman of the game:
I can honestly say that was probably the coolest game I've been a part of. When I got done watching that game, I thought my beard was going to turn gray.
If the ending of the game wasn't enough to excite you, Tom Singer breaks down the drama-filled 9th inning which saw the Rangers get out of a bases loaded jam thanks to Elvis Andrus making a heart-stopping catch. Then the Tigers were able to wiggle out of their own bases loaded jam in the bottom of the frame.
In his notes, Jeff Wilson writes more on Elvis' bobble catch, the need for members of the rotation to pitch more innings, and the Comerica factor.
As Gerry Fraley writes, Colby Lewis was disappointed that he didn't get to watch yesterday's game with his teammates. As is standard protocol, the team sent Lewis to Detroit in preparation for making his Game 3 start tonight.
Finally, even Randy Galloway seems to be pretty excited about yesterday's game.