DALLAS -- The Texas Rangers are en route to Saint Louis and the start of the World Series.
The American League Champs headed out aboard a special flight from DFW International Airport just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Each one of the Rangers players, coaches and managers arrived at the airport, admittedly confident about what's ahead, but not quite willing to answer the number one question from the media. That question is how many games will it take to clinch the World Series.
Manager Ron Washington said he is feeling good about his decision to have pitcher CJ Wilson on the mound for the start of Game 1 Wednesday.
The Rangers players seem a little more concerned about facing the St. Louis Cardinals lineup of pitchers and big hitters, many of whom the Rangers will be facing for the first time.
Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison said he has been spending the last few days preparing for the competition by studying videos of the Cardinals' ace hitters. Harrison said, like always, he is a little jittery going into that first pitch, but then experience kicks in and it's all about executing what he already knows.
The last to arrive to catch the plane was Rangers player Josh Hamilton. He actually held up the plane. No word on why the hold up, but the plane departed DFW International moments after he boarded.
Once the Rangers arrive in Saint Louis, they are in for a tight schedule. They head straight to Busch Stadium to meet with the media from 1:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and then it's time for the team workout from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Game 1 of the World Series begins Wednesday just after 7 p.m. in Saint Louis at Busch Stadium. Game 2 is Thursday and then Games 3,4 and 5 are back at The Ballpark in Arlington.
The team did admit they’d like to clinch the World Series here at home.