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they’d finished things off, donned the MLB licensed gear (free of any controversy causing Dallas skyline silhouettes) and jumped around a bit, the Rangers headed up to their cramped clubhouse in the AL West and started the chant.
“Champ! Champ! Champ!”
Fielder, whose career was ended this summer by a second surgery to fuse herniated discs in his neck, stood surrounded by teammates toasting him for his role and his career. He had been calling everybody “Champ,” all season. The Rangers turned the tables on him Friday.
“These are my guys,” Fielder said, standing a bit off to the side as the champagne showers got a bit too raucous for a guy who recently had neck surgery. “When they do something good, it makes me feel good. The whole thing made me feel good. They’ve done an amazing job.”
Though unable to play, Fielder joined the team earlier in the week, then made the trip to Oakland in anticipation of the clinch. He will be with the team throughout the playoffs.
Fielder was not the only team member to get special treatment during the post game celebrations. Matt Bush and Jeremy Jeffress jersey cheap, recovering alcoholics, were given a ginger ale toast before any partying ensued. It is a tradition the Rangers began for Josh Hamilton jersey cheap in 2010. Bush and Jeffress left the clubhouse after they were toasted.
For so many in the clubhouse, it didn’t matter if they were singled out in a toast or not; this season has offered a special sense of renewal.
Jonathan Lucroy jersey cheap, acquired at the trade deadline, said he couldn’t imagine such a celebration when he went to spring training with Milwaukee.
“It’s a very, very good feeling,” said Lucroy. “To go from where we were to this, I’m just very fortunate to be here.”
For Carlos Gomez jersey cheap, who was released by Houston on August 18, it was a magical moment. Gomez began the Rangers’ three run, seventh inning rally with an infield single off Kendall Graveman jersey cheap. He was the first Ranger to reach base. He also scored the first run.
“To think 27 days ago, I was released,” Gomez said. “To me, this is a blessing. That they saw something in me and gave me the opportunity means so much.”
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