Thursday, April 13, 2017

Texas Two-Step: The Tyrannosaurs Roar to Their Second Title

ARLINGTON, TX -- With a dominating 4-0 victory over the defending champion Columbus Spiders  in Game 6 the Texas Tyrannosaurs brought home their second World Series title in three seasons.  Putting an emphatic stamp on their position as the preeminent franchise in the early history of the TBBA; Texas looks poised to remain a power for seasons to come. 

Willie Durazo tossed a magnificent 5 scoreless innings for his second victory of the series and was unanimously named the World Series MVP.  Durazo finished the series with an impressive 2 victories over 10.2 innings, allowing only 4 hits while recording 7K’s. Mixing a devastating 4-seamer, with a wipe-out slider, Durazo kept the Spiders off-balance all series.  Back in the clubhouse the young Dominican native thanked his family for always supporting him and called this the best day of his career. The team celebrated into the wee hours of the morning with owner P.J. Snuggs soaking it all in.  Snuggs, who made his fortune off of his Beach Boy 71 Sun Tan Lotion line of products couldn’t have been happier.  “This is amazing!  You know when an opportunity arose to help bring our national past-time back, I was all over it.” Snuggs said.  “And to now be the owner of a team that’s making history . . . I just couldn’t ask for more.” 

Going into the season it was no surprise that the Texas Tyrannosaurs were a heavy favorite to get back to the Fall Classic.  Led by two-time Cy Young Award winner WillieBenitez and slick fielding, Silver Slugger center fielder Jim “Suds” Brewington, it would take a near miracle for the rest of the National League to alter this almost preordained destiny. 

Texas cleaned up in the NL surging to an amazing 114 wins, distancing themselves from their nearest division rival by a gaudy 23 games.  The Tyrannosaurs passed a tough test in the Championship round facing off against the always formidable, and defending NL Champion, Philadelphia Firestorm.  A six-game series that was capped by a dramatic ninth-inning, two-run, walk-off blast by catcher Tom Moore.  A moonshot to deep right center field that broke the Firestorms’ back and halted a winner-take-all Game 7 showdown. 

On the other side of the aisle it was the defending World Series Champion Columbus Spiders cruising to their third straight appearance on the brightest stage in the game.  Columbus made easy work of the competition in the Senior Circuit and looked primed for a potential repeat.  Anchored by a historic defense, mustering a 126 +/- play differential, the Spiders, with lights outs closer Michael Schneider, and former Rookie of the Year Yuniesky Batista, would be up to any challenge.

Season 3’s World Series would see a rematch of Season 1, but once again it would be Texas in 6.  This looks to be a rivalry with legs.  Harking back to the old MLB days when the Dodgers would routinely face the Yankees come October, it appears the roles are taking shape with the Tyrannosaurs stomping down on the Spiders one more time.  Neither team shows signs of faltering in the near future, so the league will need to step-up or fall by the wayside.  A long offseason awaits some, but for those with a game plan, opportunity is but a winter away.  

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