Theme of togetherness keys Rangers' run
"We believe in ourselves, and we just want to prove ourselves all over again after last year."
They've undoubtedly done that. And now they have a chance to prove they are worthy of the game's ultimate prize. "If you had told me last year coming out of Spring Training that we'd be in the World Series, I would have said, 'I don't know about that,'" Ryan admitted. "I thought we had a chance to win our division, but from there I didn't know. But if you had told me this spring coming out of Spring Training that we'd have a shot to be in the World Series again, I would have said I feel a lot more confident -- just because of what we experienced last year and the attitude and makeup of our ballclub. You could sense it in Spring Training, that these guys were on a mission." The mission is not yet accomplished. There is one more step in front of them. But in a league in which the Yankees and Red Sox are quickly and confidently considered the class of the pack, the Rangers have set the new standard. And they've done it together.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.