Road, Sweet RoadPerhaps the Texas Rangers should petition Major League Baseball and forfeit home field advantage and request the entire American League Championship Series be played at Yankee Stadium. Since the Rangers just eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth and decisive game of the ALDS in Tropicana Field, home of the Rays, it might prove advantageous.
Tonight, the Rangers advanced to the ALCS to play the New York Yankees in hopes of winning the 2010 American League pennant. The ALDS between the Rangers and Rays proved historic. This was the first postseason series where each game was won by the road team. Neither team won a single game in their home park. The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 in Tampa. The Rays won Games 3 and 4 in Texas. Tonight, the Rangers won 5-1 in Game 5 played in Tampa. So much for home field advantage.
Oddly enough, the only game won by the home team in the ALDS was by the Yankees in Game 3 against the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota dropped their first two games at home in Target Field to the Yankees. The Yankees returned home to complete the sweep at Yankee Stadium.
The ALCS between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers is slated to begin on Friday night in, of all places, Texas. Since the Rangers won the AL West and the Yankees won the AL Wild Card, the Rangers will have home field advantage in this best-of-seven series.
Speaking of historic, that was also the first postseason series the Texas Rangers have ever won.