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10/29/11 1:36 AM ET
Dallas-area fans leave viewing parties forlorn
Sight of Rangers losing Game 7 has local bargoers 'heartbroken'
By Louie Horvath / MLB.com
DALLAS -- The scene on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas for Game 7 of the World Series was electric, as many people fresh off Friday workdays went to local bars to cheer their team on against the Cardinals. McKinney was awash in Rangers red, with seemingly everyone wearing at least one piece of team merchandise -- be it a hat, a Josh Hamilton jersey or something in between. After Hamilton and Michael Young hit successive doubles in the first inning of Texas' 6-2 loss in St. Louis, Christie's sports bar off McKinney seemed as loud as any game at The Ballpark in Arlington -- but some fans already had a bad feeling. "It's already 2-0, and if [Ian] Kinsler hadn't been picked off, it would have been 3-0," said Christie's patron Bill Clark. "There was a lot of spirit there in the first half, but good pitching beats good hitting. They had a great season, but they found out that their pitching staff isn't as good as people think it is. They sure were tight." The crowd broke into "Na-Po-Lee" and "Cruuuuz" chants when the Rangers' sluggers dug into the batters box, but it seemed like nothing could help their heroes in St. Louis. One of the loudest cheers of the night was a last-gasp "Let's go Rangers" chant in the top of the ninth inning, but Texas did nothing to get back in the game. After Cardinals reliever Jason Motte recorded the final out, it seemed as if no one could move -- possibly from the shock of making it to the World Series twice and not winning either time. "To me, we lost it on Game 6," said bartender Brandon Dorsey. "We started off with a big jump today, but they tied the game and it went downhill from then. We had some massive errors, one thing after another." The Rangers finished with their second consecutive American League championship, and it's possible that these two teams could be called the two best in club history. "It is still a good thing that we made it to the World Series for the second time in our history, and second in a row," Dorsey said. That will not help any of the pain the Dallas bargoers felt, streaming out into the streets, wearing their Rangers caps, with the knowledge that the team had another World Series title elude it. "It's really heartbreaking to lose two years in a row," said Michael Elkins. "It's pretty disappointing."
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.