It was a magical 2010 season for the Texas Rangers. With improved starting pitching, a terrific bullpen, and a solid lineup that featured six current or former A.L. All-Stars, the Rangers captured the American League West Division crown. All season long perseverance and resilience were the trademarks of a team that tallied 11 walk-off victories. The lineup sparkled with an engaging and energizing blend of fresh, youthful talent, familiar favorites, and tested newcomers. But the exclamation point on this historic season was yet to come. The Rangers knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays in a grueling five-game Division Series and then defeated the defending World Champion New York Yankees in six games to win the first American League Championship in the 50-year history of the franchise.