Double celebration today. When I went to sleep last night the Rangers had already closed out their win against the Mariners in Arlington. Anahiem and Oakland were still playing out west though. The Rangers victory dropped their magic number to one. A divisional crown was within reach if the A's beat the Angels. Let's go A's!
Got up this morning and headed downstairs. Checked the mail on the way to the computer. Card box! From Brian at Play at the Plate. This box was the result of a long worked on trade between us and was packed with wantlist fulfilling goodies. Included was an entire base team set of the 2011 Topps Lineage Rangers. Card number 62, shown here, featuring Adrian Beltre was included in the lot. Since Adrian started the Rangers scoring last night I thought it was very appropriate that his card was included in the package. In addition to this card there were at least a hundred and thirty five other cards that filled holes in my collection. That knocked a ton of cards off my lists and completed four team sets. If that weren't enough, Brian also included a couple of game-used and a couple of autographed cards that fit extremely nicely into my collection. Very impressive. Thanks a bunch Brian! Please let me know if you are ever interested in another trade.
After exclaiming loudly over the box from Brian I switched on the computer and checked the scores from last night. A's win! Rangers clinch the A.L. West crown! Awesome news! Now the fight for home field advantage in the first round. Texas is currently tied with Detroit for the second best record in the American League. Detroit won the season series though so the Rangers need to be at least one game better to get the home field for the first round of the playoffs. Great to be in the position of thinking about things like that.