Superstitious Rangers ready for ALCS



Posted on October 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 8 at 9:42 AM

The Rangers are on the road to the World Series. With Tampa Bay in the rear-view mirror, the Tigers come to Arlington for the American League Championship Series starting Saturday night.

The first pitch for Game 1 at Rangers Ballpark is at 7:05. Here's the rest of the schedule:

Sunday Arlington 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday Detroit 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday Detroit 4:19 p.m.
Thursday (if needed) Detroit 4:19 p.m.
Saturday (if needed) Arlington 7:05 p.m.
Sunday (if needed) Arlington TBA

For many players, there is more to great offense and defense — there's a little something called superstition. So what's working for the Rangers?

"I've been doing a few things before the last two games so for sure," said shortstop Elvis Andrus. But when asked to share his ritual, he said: "I can't; you have keep it to yourself."

Second baseman Ian Kinsler also has a set routine. "To to the [batting] cage the same time.... get ready for the game at the same time... you know, stuff like that."

But designated hitter Michael Young is a little more laid-back about it all. "I'm low-maintenance," he said. "I worry about what's between the lines."

You can continue this conversation online. We want to know what your superstition is for the big games: Do you wear the same shirt? Eat the same meal every time? Tweet us with the hash tag #wfaa.