Maybe the third time is the charm for the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers find themselves back in the World Series for the third time in franchise history, having overcome the defending champion Astros. It is their first trek to the Fall Classic since 2011, a series they appeared to have in hand until late in Game Six. That heartbreaking loss means that the Rangers still do not have a championship in franchise history.
Texas Rangers look to remove themselves from unfortunate list
What do those failures in the World Series mean? It means that the Rangers are the oldest franchise in the four major American sports without a championship. Dating back to their time as the third (or fourth, based on the Washington Black Senators from 1938) incarnation of the team beginning in 1961, they remain devoid of a title. Their futility puts them ahead of the Minnesota Vikings by just a few months, as that franchise also began in 1961.
It is not as though the Rangers had much of a chance. They have made the postseason just nine times in franchise history. Their previous World Series years, 2010 and 2011, were the only times they advanced past the first round prior to this season. It is tough to win a title when they have not had much of an opportunity to do so.
Maybe this year will be different. Bruce Bochy knows how to win in the Series. Adolis Garcia had an ALCS for the record books and is white hot at this point. Jordan Montgomery has become one of the better postseason pitchers of his time before our eyes. And the Rangers believe in themselves – that faith can make all the difference. Just ask Creed.
The Texas Rangers are still looking for their first championship in franchise history. They are four wins away from coming off an unfortunate list.