Rangers president Nolan Ryan was asked to compare the Rangers franchise that he now runs to the one that was winning the World Series, with him in the bullpen, 41 years ago this week.
Here's what he said:
"As far as the '69 Mets were concerned, there's a lot of similarities with our ballclub and what happened with the '69 Mets. We were behind in that race, and started making our move in late August, and as the Cubs tired, it was a hot summer and they were playing all day games in those days. We started making up ground, and as we went up, we started believing that we could catch them, and then we swept them in a homestand.
"That seemed to get us over the hump as far as our confidence level.
So things built as it's been building this year for us, and so I think that what I've seen with this ballclub is their confidence level has built. So there's some similarities there.
There's similarities in the fact that the '69 club was a lot of young players with a few veteran players with experience sprinkled in the lineup, and that's kind of what we have here, too. And so there's similarities in that way.
Ryan also was asked about the 1986 NLCS, when he was on the Astros, who lost a taut series to the Mets. He said, "In '86, when you look at the Met ballclub, I think they were the best ballclub in baseball that year, mainly the second half. They really were a talented ballclub and a balanced ballclub. They had more offense than we did. They probably had depth in their pitching, too. "