Time to go.
The lead was 1-0, top of the seventh. Joey Votto swung at the first pitch of the inning, grounding out to Ian Kinsler.
Then Scott Rolen singled to center field. Matt Holliday singled to center field, too.
In came Matt Thornton, and he got Chris Young to pop out to first base. Thornton then got ahead of Marlon Byrd, and was one strike away from escaping the threat.
But Byrd battled back, and worked an eight-pitch base on balls.
With the bases loaded, up stepped Brian McCann. Thornton started him off with a strike, which McCann fouled off.
And then McCann laced a 98-mph fastball to right field, clearing the bases, with Byrd sliding in ahead of Kinsler’s relay throw to the plate for the third run.
McCann’s double gave his team a 3-1 lead that held up, breaking a 13-year National League All-Star Game losing streak.
And it’s the reason I’m sitting here reviewing deposition transcripts in a hotel room in the Fisherman’s Wharf district, rather than in my office in Dallas.
Read this fantastic article about the architect of your baseball team, and this one about your team’s ace, and this one, too, and then start to think about getting buckled in. I’m telling myself this because I’ve been writing about this team for more than 12 years now, and caring about it at an insane level for three times longer than that, and I need the assurance:
This is all going to start making sense in a little more than seven hours, at which point It will be Time.
The Texas Rangers, in seven games.
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