I contemplated writing a grand, overarching feel-good piece about this year's team in response to last night's joyous occasion, and perhaps still will ... but not just yet, so to make up for it, here's a feel-good Saturday morning song:
● Jeff Wilson's writeup discusses the scene out at the Ballpark after the game last night, and what it took for the Rangers to kill off the Mariners. Richard Durrett's game reactions include the note that the Rangers need 82,046 fans over the next two games to hit the three million mark in attendance this season. T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about Craig Gentry's improbable inside-the-park home run, among other things. The Dallas Morning News has a photo gallery up with some shots from the clubhouse last night.
● Gil LeBreton's morning missive talks about the Rangers climbing the first necessary mountain en route to securing their second consecutive post-season berth.
● Jon Daniels is pumped about the division title, but wants to win a championship.
● Nolan Ryan believes this year's Rangers team is more balanced and more confident than last year's team.
● The Foul Territory blog has some video from last night's celebration.
● Drew Davison writes that Mark Lowe is bummed about his hamstring injury, and also drops another reference to Texas rolling with an eight-man bullpen. Again, I'm not sure what the point of an eight-man bullpen in a post-season setting would be.
● Jeff Wilson's game notes discuss Josh Hamilton transitioning back to center field in anticipation of the Rangers' post-season run and Alexi Ogando's probable move back to the bullpen after his final start, among other things.
● Frisco and Oklahoma City managers Steve Buechele and Bobby Jones are up with the major league club right now.