Arlington, texas – New Texas CEO Chuck Greenberg has spent a lot of time talking about how the Rangers are trying to improve the fan experience.
On the first full day under a new ownership group, the Rangers set an impossibly high standard to beat.
Texas put together its biggest rally of the season Friday night, coming back from a six-run deficit to stun the Boston Red Sox, 10-9, in 11 innings in front of a sellout crowd of 47,195 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
While most of the talk during the day focused on the reduced prices for beer and hot dogs, the comeback shifted the focus to a rally that included three home runs, a spectacular catch in center field by Josh Hamilton and a head-first dive by Vladimir Guerrero into first base.
All those plays did was enable the Rangers to knot the game at nine.
But all that did was take up the first four hours, 9 minutes of the game. Nelson Cruz put the capper on it, rocketing Tim Wakefield’s first pitch of the bottom of the 11th 391 feet into the seats beyond the left-field wall.
“It’s a great one,” Cruz said. “Eight-two down and we kept battling.”
Cruz’s second walk-off home run of the season capped a game that featured 30 hits, and a spectacular effort by the Texas bullpen. It was the biggest Texas rally since Aug. 1, 2008, when they rallied from six back to beat Toronto.
“Total team effort,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “We fell back but we didn’t quit. Vlad gets ball up the middle. (Third base coach) Dave (Anderson) does a great job sending Josh home and Cruzy gets it done for us.”
All seemed lost for the Rangers after Boston scored seven runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead.