Home Plate Update September 2017 - Page 14

HISTORIC MOMENTS IN RANGERS HISTORY FIRST POSTSEASON VICTORY IN ARLINGTON — OCTOBER 16, 2010 During the 2010 American League Championship Series, the Rangers ran into the New York Yankees, a familiar postseason foe. While the team defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series, all three wins came on the road at Tropicana Field. Behind the arm of Colby Lewis and a strong offensive performance, the bullpen was able to close the door during Game 2 of the ALCS. The final score was 7-2, marking the first- ever postseason victory in Arlington. 14 DREAMS COME TRUE for Pudge Rodríguez: NEWEST HALL OF FAMER On July 30, 2017, Iván “Pudge” Rodriguez cemented his legacy as one of the greatest catchers to ever play the game, after he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Texas Ranger. “This is such an incredible honor for me,” Rodriguez said in Cooperstown. “A little kid from Puerto Rico with a big dream. Never let them take your dream away from you.” Rodriguez, who joins Johnny Bench as one of just two catchers ever elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, is the 18th catcher to join the Hall of Fame, and the youngest current member. He is also the sixth player who wore a Texas Rangers uniform to be elected to the Hall of Fame, joining Ferguson Jenkins (1991), Gaylord Perry (1991), Ryan (1999), Rich Gossage (2008), and Bert Blyleven (2011). Rodriguez told MyArlingtonTV in an interview earlier this year that his connection with The American Dream City has always been a special one. “I think the relationship I have with Arlington is tremendous,” Rodriguez said. “I received support from these fans from day one.”