Posted on October 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM
ARLINGTON - The dramatic win by the Texas Rangers in Game 5 has taken them where no team from Texas has ever been before - one win away from winning the 2011 World Series.
"It's not going to be easy," said Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. "We all understand that. We're not getting ahead of ourselves. We still have one full game to play and as you've seen in this series, a lot of things can happen."
Catcher Mike Napoli played a huge role in getting them this far. His game winning double in the bottom of the eighth Monday boosted his RBI total for the World Series to nine. The rest of the team has just 10.
He's on the verge of an MVP series as Texas leads the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
"I'm glad I can help to contribute," Napoli said. "Anybody in this lineup can do it. You've got to give Beltre credit for hitting a home run to tie the game up. If he doesn't do that, I don't have chance to that in the eighth inning."
The Rangers haven't rewritten the record book yet, but they're close. Never has focusing on the moment been more important.
"[We] just have to stay down here," said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. "We cannot start thinking about the ring or the championship, we're still one game away and a lot of things can happen."
First baseman Mitch Moreland said it won't come easy.
"It's going to be tough," Moreland said. "There are two good teams playing here. We just want to go there and play our game, and hopefully it will take care of itself."
Third baseman Adrian Beltre agreed.
"We're close but we're not done yet," Beltre said. "We've got one more game and we're going to go to their place and hopefully we can prevail and get one more."
Rangers manager Ron Washington said he doesn't want the team to get too focused on winning the series in Game 6.
"We can't be thinking about we've got to win this game because all of sudden, we might miss something," Washington said. "We want to stay in the moment. We want to just play our game and if it's good enough Wednesday, we'll win. If it's not, we play Thursday. But we certainly won't be out there thinking about we just have to win one game. I've been there before and that doesn't work."
And having said that, one more win is all they need. They're words never heard this time of year from the Rangers, or anyone from the team formerly known as the Washington Senators.