Texas Ranger designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was in a bit of a slump. Coming into Friday night’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the slugger’s post season batting average was a respectable .268. But he had only driven in a single run and had left an astonishingly high 18 runners on base. One got the feeling that if the Rangers were going to get by the New York Yankees and make it to their first ever World Series, they would eventually need for Guerrero to step up.
Which is exactly what he did. In dramatic fashion. With the help of his mom.Or at least his mom’s cooking, according to TBS’ Craig Sager‘s mid-game report. Altagracia Alvino gave his son a little boost by preparing one of his favorite meals — habichuelas (beans) and albondigas (meatballs) — and having it served at the ballpark before the game. But it wasn’t just Vladimir who benefited from her efforts. She made enough for his entire team, as well as for any of the Yankee players who were so inclined.
Just a few hours after gobbling down his mama’s meal, Guerrero drove in the game’s first run, giving the hometown Rangers an early 1-0 advantage. Then, in the fifth inning, with the game tied 1-1, Guerrero delivered again by driving a clutch two-out double deep into the centerfield gap which plated two and gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead. The hit proved to be the series-winning one, as the Rangers went on to defeat the New York Yankees 6-1, thus earning the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance.
Instead of dousing one another in champagne, I wonder if the Rangers thought about having a good, ol’ fashioned food fight to celebrate their ALCS victory? Have you ever prepared a pre-game meal for your child that helped his or her team?
Photo — Yahoo sports
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