ARLINGTON, Texas — With the Texas Rangers needing just one victory in St. Louis to win their first-ever World Series title, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is advising his baseball brethren to save the baggage fees and just go with a carry-on.
"One suit. One shirt. One tie," the idle basketball star tweeted after Monday's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5.
That quote used to have negative connotations down here in the Metroplex, because it was then-Miami Heat coach Pat Riley who famously dropped it during the 2006 NBA Finals. Riley thought the Heat would need only one Game 6 victory in Dallas to win the title. It turned out that he was right.
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But during this last NBA Finals, the two teams found themselves in the exact opposite positions with the Mavericks needing one Game 6 win in Miami to beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company. Though the Mavericks didn't utter Riley's line — "I don't believe at this point that I'm ready to share the number of pairs of underwear I packed," coach Rick Carlisle said — they did show up in their traditional elimination-day black and closed out the series without needing a Game 7.
Now the Rangers have the chance to deny the World Series an extra day of gate receipts, though after listening to Ron Washington on Monday, it's doubtful they'll be fully following Nowitzki's advice.
"We can't be thinking about we've got to win this game," said Washington. "Because all of a sudden we might miss something. We want to stay in the moment, we want to play our game, and if it's good enough Wednesday, we'll win. If not, we'll play Thursday.
"But we certainly won't be out there thinking about we've just got to win one game. I've been there before, and that doesn't work."
Fine. Be that way, Wash. But given the rainy weather report for St. Louis on Wednesday, can we get Dirk to at least convince you to pack a slicker?