Texas has never beaten the pinstripes in a post-season series and until this ALCS match-up, Texas has never even advanced this far in the playoffs.
“I think this is our year, ” said Rangers fan Pedro Esquivel, who proudly wore his bright red American League Division Series championship t-shirt. “There’s a first time for everything.”
True. Very, true.
Texas won the game 7-2. It was the team’s first post-season win at home in franchise history. The Rangers have been playing baseball in north Texas for 39 years.
During the game I was taking pictures of the crowd at the Ballpark in Arlington. I thought it would be nice to give you, the reader, a different perspective of a post-game interview too—one you can’t see on TV.
It’s common practice after the game, for sports reporters to interview players in the locker room. Notice I said sports reporters. I guess you could say, as a news reporter, I sailed into uncharted waters.
As a pack of reporters and photojournalists jockeyed for position around Yankee’s starting pitcher Phil Hughes, I stood back, pulled out my camera—stepped up on my tiptoes and snapped away.
Apparently that’s a clubhouse no-no.
A representative with the Yankees organization tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “What are you doing?”
I was told taking pictures is not allowed in the clubhouse. And for the record, several people I asked before and after the fact, didn’t know either. Upon further reflection, it makes sense.
After a brief conversation with officials, it became increasingly clear that my actions were not intended to raise alarm.
The Rangers got their first playoff victory at home and I got a good lesson in locker room etiquette.
There really is a first time for everything.