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Fans elated about reaching Fall Classic

Fans elated about reaching Fall Classic

ARLINGTON -- When Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was asked to describe his feelings after leading the club to its first World Series appearance, the first thing he thing he thought about was the franchise's fans.

The Rangers came to Texas in 1961, but the fans had never experienced a World Series berth, and now with their 6-1 win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday, the fans will finally get their chance.

"I'm so excited for this team, for this city," Hamilton said. "You know, something that's never happened here before. So to be part of something like that means the world. It's something that nobody can take away from you."

The atmosphere was simply electric with 51,404 fans rocking at the Ballpark in Arlington when the Rangers clinched their World Series berth with Neftali Feliz's strikeout of Alex Rodriguez looking to end the ninth inning.

It was a special moment for many of the fans at the game, as their beloved franchise will finally play in a World Series against either the Giants or the Phillies.

"It was a long time coming," said longtime fan Ronnie Furr of Henderson, Texas. "I don't know how to act. We're ready for it. Giants or Phillies? I don't know who. But we're going to get 'em."

It was a lifelong dream of many fans that hadn't been realized and it left many searching for words to describe their feelings.

"I don't know to say," said Derek Jennings of Haslet, Texas. "Thirty-nine years I've been waiting for this. This is awesome. They're coming to Texas."

"I'm at a loss of words," said Justin Clack of Southlake, Texas. "If you would have told me 10 years ago we'd be going to the World Series, I'd lock my doors and send you to rehab."

It was also a sweet victory for the fans because it was the Rangers' first postseason appearance in 11 years and now it'll come with an American League pennant at the very least.

"This is something I've never experienced in my life," said Jose Hilario of North Richland Hills, Texas. "It's mind-boggling. I've been a fan for 15 years, and after 15 years of losing, I'm here. It's awesome."

Many fans recalled the days at Arlington Stadium and said they were elated the World Series will be at long last be coming to the Ballpark in Arlington.

"I've very happy," said Larry Stanley of Richardson, Texas. "I've been here in Texas for 33 years so it's been a long time. It was a very sweet victory from my standpoint."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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