Rangers Absorb Giants' Beating, Quickly Shift Focus to Game 2
"Let's get them tomorrow, fellas. It's been a while since we got an ass-whupping like that."
Said infielder Michael Young after relaying that story, "We don't need a pep talk. This is a confident, calm group."
Texas claims to be a resilient team, and through the first two rounds of the postseason, the Rangers have proven it.
They blew a 2-0 lead over the Rays in the Division Series, losing twice at home, to force them into a Game 5 against David Price. Texas won that Game 5.
Then, in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, the Rangers lost a four-run lead in the eighth inning.
They bounced back to win Game 2 -- and Game 3, Game 4 and Game 6.
"I think that loss might have been even worse than this one," said Darren O'Day, who was part of the bullpen meltdown in the ALCS opener and allowed the three-run Juan Uribe homer Wednesday that gave the Giants an 8-2 lead. "We can definitely draw strength from that."
Of course, this Game 1 loss came with Cliff Lee -- formerly an automatic postseason win -- on the mound.
"Everybody's going to have problems at some point in time," Rangers team president Nolan Ryan said.
"He wasn't that bad -- just not as sharp as he's been."
Catcher Bengie Molina said it should not be harder to recover from a loss with Lee on the mound than it was in the other series.
"I think it's just a loss," Molina said. "I think when you lose, it's just a loss. It's just, you lost. You're 0-1.
"The great thing about this team is we don't think about the loss."
The Rangers say once they finish answering questions about a defeat, a close one or a blowout, they turn their attention to the next game.
A short memory will serve them well.
Especially when it comes to history. The Game 1 loser has lost 18 of the past 22 World Series, the exceptions being the 2009 Yankees, 2002 Angels, 1996 Yankees and 1992 Blue Jays. The past nine times the Game 1 host team won, it went on to win the Series.
By scoring three times in Wednesday's ninth inning, Texas not only forced San Francisco closer Brian Wilson into the game but perhaps made a point.
"We showed we're not going to give up until the last out's made," Josh Hamilton said. "That's what's important.
"That game's over with. We said it all playoffs, whether we win or lose, that game is over with. It's time to focus on the next one."
The Rangers, though, know that they can't assume everything will turn around in Game 2.
"Obviously we've got to play a better game," Lee said. "From the pitching to the defense to -- everything. Baserunning. We made a few mistakes that we normally don't make. That's what it is. We've got to come in here tomorrow and try to improve on that stuff."
Said Washington: "Jitters didn't have anything to do with it. They put 11 runs on the board. They beat us. We'll get it back tomorrow."
FanHouse TV's Steve Phillips and Dan Graziano break down Game 1 of the World Series.