While commenting on the Minnesota Twins’ loss in the ALDS, I noted that some of the fans went down the ‘be pessimistic and we won’t be disappointed’ route.
I admit I was doing the same thing when I stated that the Texas Rangers might get steamrollered by the New York Yankees after Game One of their American League Championship Series.
So when the Rangers lost the ALCS opener in such heartbreaking fashion, I went into self-defence mode. Hurry up and get it over with, just sweep them and be done with it.
But I should have had more faith in Texas.
They’ve battled back magnificently and now stand on the brink of making their first ever World Series. Bengie Molina, another eighth spot hitter please note, came through in Game Four with a three-run homer as the Rangers turned a 1-0 series deficit into a 3-1 lead. That fourth win is always the hardest to get, and we all know this New York Yankees team will do all they can to get back into the series, but the Rangers now have every chance of winning it.
First pitch of Game Five is set for 21.07 BST tonight and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra will be broadcasting the game live from 21.00.Â Will the Yankees start their fightback or will the Rangers take their first chance to seal the series?Â With C.J. Wilson and CC Sabathia on the mound, it should be a fascinating encounter.
5 Live Sports Extraâ€™s MLB coverageÂ can be found on DAB radio, digitial TV and, for UK residents,Â on the BBC.co.uk website.