A year ago, before the Rays gave the world a new understanding of just how large a deficit a baseball team could overcome this September, they led the Rangers, 2-0, in the 2010 American League Division Series.
Texas won in five games.
"We know we got to keep playing. They're not going to roll over," Rays center fielder B.J. Upton said after his team took its 2011 ALDS opener, 9-0, over the Rangers on Friday. "Definitely need to come out and win again, today is over and we got to focus on tomorrow."
"Not a big deal. We were down 1-0 at the start of the series last year, and we came back and won that," said Friday's losing pitcher, C.J. Wilson. "They did everything right today and we did everything wrong today. ... Do the opposite tomorrow."
So far, this year's Tampa-Texas ALDS matchup has continued to play out like last year's: the visiting team wins. Including 2010, the Rays are 0-for-3 in ALDS games played against the Rangers at Tropicana Field, while the Rangers are 0-for-3 in first-round contests played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
While the disappearance of homefield advantage is likely a fluke, the Rangers know they can't rely on anything about 2010's outcome to help them this year.
"Whatever happened last year is out the window as far as we're concerned," Michael Young said. "That series is over with."