A-Rod provides fitting final out in Texas

Rodriguez's whiff sends former franchise to first-ever World Series

Updated: October 23, 2010, 5:20 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- By now, we all should know that it always comes down to A-Rod, and when it came time for the final out of the American League Championship Series to be made, who better to make it than the man who broke the bank here 10 years ago and never delivered on his promise, which was to lead the Texas Rangers to a World Series.

And yet, in a way, he did. It was fitting in so many ways poetic and ironic that Alex Rodriguez came to the plate in the ninth inning Friday night ...

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