ARLINGTON (CBS 11 NEWS) – Brandon Hood is a few signatures shy of having a World Series souvenir he’ll always cherish.
“Got Murphy, CJ, Mitch Moreland, Colby Lewis,” he explained while showing off his autographed baseball outside the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, “Just waiting out here and being patient.”
Hood and a few other diehard Texas Rangers fans showed up at the Ballpark Tuesday, not only to gather autographs but to wish their favorite team good luck in St. Louis, where the team is looking for one more win to claim a championship title.
“I wanted to come out here and wish the Rangers a good send off,” said Ruth Duran of Arlington, “and to bring back that win we’ve been waiting for, for awhile.”
“Hopefully they’ll come back as champions,” said Rangers fan Mark Martin of Albuquerque, NM.
At DFW International Airport, as the players and their families boarded a plane bound for Missouri, a few stopped to greet the handful of fans there, taking pictures with them and signing autographs.
“It’s a work day, everyone’s at school,” Mark Roy said about the small turnout. “Kind of made it easier to get some autographs.”
Although the team is just as excited as the fans about being one win away from the World Series championship, the Texas Rangers players have one thing in mind.
“We’re not focused on anything but game six right now,” said designated hitter Michael Young. “It really is a game-at-a-time type of mentality, and we’re completely focused on game six.”
“We’ve just got to take care of one of the next two,” said Colby Lewis, who will be the starting pitcher for game six. “And we’re good to go.”
“Doesn’t matter who gets it done as long as it gets done,” added Manager Ron Washington.
While the team is focused on the win, their fans are hoping to see that victory on Wednesday.
“We’re going to take it, definitely in six, I feel it!” Ruth Duran exclaimed.