If you still had a sick feeling in your stomach despite your team having a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning, you must be a Texas Rangers fan. For a team that has had an inflated sense of itself all season, Wednesday's 12-5 loss in Oakland seemed like an appropriate ending to the regular-season.
The Rangers left the champagne on ice, perhaps for good, because they put more value in their postseason pedigree than actually going out and finishing the season. If you've been listening to the quotes coming out of this clubhouse the past two weeks, you could tell how sensitive the players and their manager were about being questioned.
Ian Kinsler, who butchered a double-play opportunity to help open the floodgates Wednesday, defiantly told reporters the Rangers were still the best team in the American League. Ron Washington, who rarely hits a wrong note, brought up his favorite submarine analogy to illustrate how the "real" Rangers would surface at the appropriate time.
Well, we're stil...