ST. LOUIS -- Wednesday was gray and gloomy at Busch Stadium. The weather forecast for Game 6 of the World Series? Ugly.
Kind of like most of the Rangers' franchise history.
They were born 51 years ago as the second Washington Senators, the second coming of a team that wasn't exactly successful the first time around. They moved to Texas just 11 years later, and played in a glorified minor-league ballpark for 22 years after that.
They never won a playoff series until last year, their 50th season. Their biggest-ever free agent signing was Alex Rodriguez, and it was basically a disaster.
They built this World Series team while in bankruptcy court.
"If people knew what has transpired over the last four years, it's an amazing story," franchise icon and club president Nolan Ryan said a few days back. "It's a phenomenal story."
And now that story includes a rainout that pushes back the Rangers' first-ever potential World Series clincher.
These guys already understand what it means to wait.
After all they've been through, one more day is hardly going to affect them.
"It's not like we're going to sit here and bite our nails," Michael Young said. "It's just a rainout."
Young, a Ranger since 2000, sets the tone in the Texas clubhouse. He knows what they've been through, knows what the organization has been through.
"I'm definitely appreciative of where we are," he said. "It's a lot of fun to be part of the group that has taken this organization where it hadn't been."
Young and the other Rangers players say that even they don't know the entire story of the bankruptcy, which forced Major League Baseball to basically take the team over from Tom Hicks, and then oversaw the sale to the ownership group that runs the Rangers now.
"I appreciate the bigger picture," manager Ron Washington said. "I really appreciate that Nolan Ryan and the guys, they kept it out of the clubhouse."
But even if they didn't know the details, the Rangers players couldn't escape everything going on around them.
"This organization has been through a lot," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "It's my sixth year, and there's been lots of ups and downs just in my six years."
Part of that, Kinsler said, was simply changing the image of a franchise that had never won big. There was a sense of the Rangers as a team that could never pitch enough to win, or as a team that would fall apart after summers spent in the Texas heat.
"A lot of it was labeling," Kinsler said. "We were labeled as a team that just hit, a team in a hitters' park. The label was that we were so one-dimensional. To be able to turn that, change that, I think is huge."
They've changed it so much that they've been in the World Series two straight years, and that now they're within one win of a championship.
"We've been on quite a run," Kinsler said. "We've been the dominant team in the American League the last two seasons."
They've built something good, and they know it. They've built something that no one else could build with this franchise, through half a century, through Washington and then Texas.
They've built it, and now they'll wait one more day for Game 6, which stands as the biggest game this franchise has ever played.
They can wait another day.
And, oh, Nolan Ryan is right. It is a phenomenal story.