Rangers' hopes of a rebound 

October, 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS -- The plastic that was supposed to protect the Rangers' lockers from champagne was rolled up and taped to the wall when the Texas players filed into their clubhouse, quietly. It was Ron Washington, a manager who likes meetings less than any other manager and hasn't spoken to his position players together since June, who broke the silence in the clubhouse.

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AP Photo/Matt SlocumMike Napoli and the Rangers will look to shake off Game 6's crushing defeat.
Keep your heads up, Washington told them, and then Michael Young chimed in and talked about how the Rangers would bounce back for Game 7, and it was as if somebody had applied a defibrillator to the Texas Rangers and jolted life back into them. Baseball players are extraordinary at turning a page emotionally, and soon enough, after reporters were let into the room, their pain had seemed to ease, somewhat, considering that they had twice come within one strike of winning the World Series and still lost Game 6.