The regular-season finale was delayed in the top of the sixth inning Sunday as manager Ron Washington pulled Rangers regulars one-by-one so that they could receive a warm ovation from the fans. Washington did a similar thing before Vladimir Guerrero batted in the bottom of the inning.
Angels right-hander Dan Haren responded by throwing behind pinch-hitter Matt Treanor. Angels who were asked afterward said that they had never seen anything quite like that Washington did to recognize the players. Torii Hunter didn't like the moves, which in no way were intended to show up the vanquished Angels. But, apparently, some felt slighted.
Said Hunter: "What can you do? You can't do anything about it. What are you going to do, cry? It doesn't matter if I liked it or not. It doesn't matter if they try to rub it in our face or not, it's their stadium, they can do whatever the hell they want. I'd never do that. But they won it, they're the champs. We're going home, going fishing, I guess."
Said Haren: "It was a little weird. I don't know the history. If we'd done something like that, then it was fine to do. It was a little out of the ordinary. I felt bad for their pitcher. He had to stand around out there for five minutes."
Said manager Mike Scioscia: "Some guys thought it was maybe a little over the top. I had no problem with it. I think the guys realized it's their party. They certainly deserved and earned the right to celebrate anyway they wanted to and push themselves into the playoffs."
-- Jeff Wilson