There are two empty bottles on the highest shelf of Darren Oliver's locker in the home clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark: Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine and Korbel Champagne.
They are souvenirs of a successful October. One was emptied during the Texas Rangers' celebration after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the American League playoffs, the other upon clinching the pennant at home last Saturday night.
The bottles are situated close together. That is by design.
There is room for company.
"I need one more," Oliver says with a smile, "and I'll be good."
Just to be clear: Oliver wasn't saying that he will retire if he wins his first World Series ring after 18 seasons in the big leagues. Believe me. I checked. When speaking with a 41-year-old left-handed relief pitcher, that subject is never too far away.
Of course, Oliver has no qualms about acknowledging the possibility that this could be his final season in the majors. I...