His name is Cruz. He hits missiles.

When all was said and done, when the last phone rang in the bullpen, Nelson Cruz reminded us Saturday night what this Texas Rangers team is all about.

They bash the baseball. They light up a scoreboard.

From the hollow, nearly hitless November night last year when they were eliminated, this team was consumed by its drive to get back to the World Series.

The final step, as it turned out, was an easy one. They hitched their dream on the broad back -- and, yes, the Boomstick -- of Nelson Cruz.