The definitive Top 10 Texas Rangers games of the 2010s

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a two-run double in the eighth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a two-run double in the eighth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – OCTOBER 12: The Texas Rangers celebrate after winning Game 5 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – OCTOBER 12: The Texas Rangers celebrate after winning Game 5 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The 10 best Texas Rangers games of the 2010s

#4: 2010 ALDS Game 5: Rangers 5, Rays 1

I don’t want to speak for any of you, but this is the game when I really knew we had a chance.

I remember being in school and all of our teachers were kind enough to let us watch these games during class. The Rangers had never, EVER won a postseason series before. 38 years of baseball in Texas, and we were this close to seeing a playoff advancement for the first time… ever.

And the Rangers did not disappoint. Cliff Lee was purely stellar in this series against Tampa, and to close it out he went all the way, fanning eleven batters and only allowing six hits in a complete game effort. The Rangers bats did just enough to back him up, with Ian Kinsler sealing the game with a 2-run home run in the top of the ninth. Getting a win in this series meant that the Rangers weren’t just in the playoffs, they were COMPETING in the playoffs. This wasn’t just a feel-good story.

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