How do you like your vindication?
Is eliminating a team with about three times your payroll good enough?
How about overtaking the two-time defending American League champions, a team with more than twice your payroll?
The Los Angeles Angels are vanquished. The Texas Rangers could be next.
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is back in the postseason, back after many of his critics thought he had lost his touch, become disengaged, or both.
His $55 million team, at this moment, is a pure reflection of the personality that author Michael Lewis described in "Moneyball" when talking about Beane's selection of Nick Swisher with the first of seven high picks in the 2002 draft:
"Billy is now on his feet. He's got Swisher in the bag: who else can he get? There's a new thrust about him, an unabridged expression on his face. He was a bond trader, who had made a killing in the morning and entered the afternoon free of fear. Feeling greedy."
Look out, Rangers: Those are your 201...