The World Series champion Cardinals discovered an unexpected foundation of talent and toughness that should serve them well in the coming years. The Rangers, meanwhile, must resist the temptation to let this crushing loss ruin them.
The stakes are higher for Rangers manager Ron Washington than they are for Cardinals manager Tony La Russa because Washington must overcome perceptions about his competence.
It's too bad non-playoff news has drawn more attention than the Texas Rangers, who are most worthy of the game's attention after winning their second straight American League pennant.
The Tigers and Rangers have gone at it for five games, and the possibility of two more to decide the winner makes for great anticipation.
The Rangers haven't dominated the first two games of the ALCS, but what they have done is produce in the biggest moments.
Entering a new season as the defending AL champions, the Rangers survived an offseason of uncommon turbulence that could make them stronger.
San Francisco will always have the 2010 World Series championship to celebrate. But the rest of us should remember baseball the way it was in 2010, because it might never be the same.
The Giants and the city of San Francisco are halfway to their first World Series championship in 52 years.
The Rangers have become a power this postseason by taking advantage of several key moments over the past two weeks.