The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon The Rangers Tonight in Arlington

The eyes of the Lone Star State and the baseball world will be on the Texas Rangers tonight. Will the fickle finger of fate change direction and shed its grace on Ron Washington's Rangers? Will the hopes of texas' fans end in cheers or jeers? We'll find out in a few hours.

The boys of Arlington's summer were hammered on consecutive nights in San Francisco but if they can turn it around tonight all that will be history. They have a lot going for them. They're back home in front of their legions of adoring fans. Bad Vlad, who was terrible in right field in Frisco, will be re-assuming his role as designated hitter where he's done so well this season. And the smells emanting from the crowd will return to the familiar beer and barbeque and away from the pungent smell of reefer so widely reported when they played the first two games on the left coast.

Of course, they have a big disavantage too, i'm rooting for them. As everyone following The Mud Report knows my endorsment is akin to a reverse midas touch. They were big favorites going ino the World Series but, though i always go with the dogs, this time i went with The Rangers because a couple buddies of mine are diehard National League fans because they hate the designated hitter rule in the American League.

Should The Rangers win tonight they've still got a decent chance. Tomorrow Cliff Lee will be on the mound for them and if he returns to his previous playoff form, well, anything could happen. The weather looks great there right now, the tailgate parties are in full swing, the barbeques are blazing and the Lone Star beer is flowing. It'll be fun.