ARLINGTON, Texas -- When I arrived in Denver in 2007 after the Rockies had lost the first two games of the World Series in Fenway Park, I found a team that seemed like it was spent. That Colorado team, remember, had gone 21-1 coming into that series but had nine days off and never regained its momentum. The Rockies lost both games at home and the series was quickly over.
I don't get that sense here. The Rangers were resolute about returning home to do some damage against the Giants when we spoke to them here this afternoon. A few comments:
IF Michael Young: "This team has been really good at being a forward-thinking group. The last thing we're concerned about is why things went wrong in the first two games. We lost. We know how tough this group is so we'll be ready to roll for Game 3. We always assume the next game is going to be our game and that kind of approach has served us well."
IF Ian Kinsler: "We've been making history all year so why stop now? We know we're in a hole. We just want another trip back to San Francisco."
Reliever Derek Holland: "We expect three victories here. We're not backing down from anything. Last night is over. It's a new day." (Holland better think that after his disaster out of the pen)
Josh Hamilton was one of the few Rangers with nothing to say. He walked into the room, saw the horde of cameras and notepad-toters and did an exit-stage left into a restricted area. He never reappeared in the 45 minutes of access time we had. Well, he's disappeared at the plate too so far.