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Texas Attempting To Emulate A Losing Red Sox Team? Or A Winning Reds Club?

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Neftali Feliz doing his sad Charlie Brown walk off of the mound following a blown save that inevitably allowed the Cardinals to take Game 6 and force tonight's Game 7.
Neftali Feliz doing his sad Charlie Brown walk off of the mound following a blown save that inevitably allowed the Cardinals to take Game 6 and force tonight's Game 7.

Buster Olney mentioned something intriguing last night on Twitter following the conclusion of Game 6 of the World Series:

For the Rangers, either that was Game 6 of '75 or Game 6 of '86. We will know tomorrow.
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It's not exactly rocket science to say, "Tomorrow, Texas will win, or, they will lose," but that's not really what Olney was going for. His point was that this game, for Texas, could either be like Game 6 of 1975, when Carlton Fisk, Bernie Carbo, and the Red Sox stormed back to win arguably the most famous game in World Series history against the Reds (with the Cardinals being the Red Sox here), but then Cincinnati came back to win Game 7 and shrug off the terrible loss. Or, the Rangers could be the 1986 Red Sox, blowing a game that they had in hand at the last moment to the Mets, and then failing to recover in their final chance. There is even a poor defensive play involved in the latter, although, given Nelson Cruz is generally well-regarded defensively, it's not like there was some Rangers version of Dave Stapleton on the bench, waiting to come in.

Last night's contest featured three blown saves by the Rangers, and what seemed like half-a-dozen hits that, in theory, looked like game winners, nails in the coffin of both clubs. It was a fantastic game, regardless of your affiliation (though I'm sure Texas fans would rightfully like to argue this point), and the very best part is that we have another to watch tonight. Personally, I wouldn't wish the fates of the '75 or '86 Red Sox on (almost) any team or fan base, so here's hoping that last night was the Rangers 1975.