I don’t follow major league baseball. Heck I had to text a friend last week to find out who was in the post season. I didn’t realize that San Diego choked (those poor sports fans in SD), and I didn’t realize that the Tampa Bay Rays won the East. I bet there were at least 15,000 fans excited about that. My point is this: I really don’t care about MLB. But it’s really not my point. I want to talk about the Texas Rangers.
The Texas Rangers were at one time the Washington Senators. They moved to Arlington, Texas in 1972. In the 39 seasons that they have played in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the Rangers have gone 3007 – 3174 in 39 seasons. That is an average of 77 wins, and 81 loses a year. Prior to this year, the Rangers have been to the post season only three times, 1996, 1998, and 1999. They, prior to this season have never won a post season series, nor even a post season win in Arlington Stadium. They were 1-9 in post season play.
This year however they beat the Tampa Rays in five games, winning all three road games, and losing both home games. Currently they are playing the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. They blew a five run lead last night in Arlington, however won their very first post season game in Arlington by the score of 7-2.
Now I’m not rooting for the Rangers because I hate the Yankees. Actually I don’t care about the Yankees, nor do I hate them. How could I hate them when my cousin’s husband is a broadcaster for them? All my sports hatred is consentrated on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their trailer park trash, inbred fans.
The reason I am rooting for them is simple. Let’s face it; the Rangers are the step child in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Cowboys rule the roost, and have since they came into the NFL in the early sixties. The Rangers are second in seniority in the metroplex. The NBA Dallas Mavericks joined the league in 1980, and the NHL Dallas Stars moved from Minnesota in 1993. The Cowboys have been in eight (count them), eight) super bowls. They possess five Vince Lombardi Trophies. The Mavericks have had some success in the post season, and have made it to the NBA finals. The Dallas Stars have had much playoff success since their move to Dallas. They have appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals. In 1999, they brought Lord Stanley’s Cup to Big D for a victory parade.
In July of 1980 I went to Dallas to visit my friend Paul who was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. While in Dallas, I pick up the sports section of the Dallas Morning News. Here we were in the middle of July, the middle of the baseball season, and there was far more coverage of the Dallas Cowboys than there was of the Texas Rangers. Now I haven’t been to Dallas in nearly thirty years. I would image that The Rangers get a little more respect now than they did in 1980.
Let’s face it, Dallas is known for two things; the Dallas Cowboys and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The city is the proud owner of six sports championships (Cowboys (5), Stars (1). It would be nice to see the Texas Rangers shed themselves of the step child syndrome, and be able to parade down Elm Street in downtown Dallas holding the Baseball World Series Trophy.