ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Mike Adams was determined.
The Rangers reliever was going to make it to the Cowboys game Sunday, even if he was going to have to leave before the first quarter ended.
"The Cowboys are one of my biggest passions," Adams said, pointing to the Miles Austin Cowboys jersey hanging from his locker and the Cowboys helmet sitting on top of it.
Sunday, it wasn't going to be easy, even though Cowboys Stadium is just down the block from Rangers Ballpark.
The Cowboys kicked off at 3:15 local time. Rangers batting practice for Game 4 of the World Series began exactly one hour later.
"I have responsibilities over here," Adams said.
And he had no idea that Sunday would be the easiest night of the postseason for the Rangers bullpen.
Starter Derek Holland pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings. Adams warmed up in the eighth, but never got in the game. Closer Neftali Feliz finished up by getting the final two outs.
"That helped the bullpen tremendously," Adams said. "It took a lot of heat off us, I guess."
It was a good night for the Rangers, who beat the Cardinals 4-0 to even up the World Series. And a good day for the Cowboys, who beat the Rams 34-7 to even their record at 3-3.
Adams comes by his Cowboys passion naturally. He grew up in Sinton, Tex., near Corpus Christi. He wears his Cowboys jersey proudly, and he says he wore it to Petco Park on July 31, the day the Padres ended up trading him to the Rangers.
And he said he has already lined up tickets to three more Cowboys games once the World Series is over.
He won't be leaving those games early. Turns out, he didn't really need to leave early Sunday, either.