The name comes from Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company, which is based in McKinney, Tx., and has been in business since 1951. Globe Life said the deal is a "natural fit" and the Rangers called the insurance company a "perfect partner."
As expected, some fans are upset about the name. Others will refuse to utter it. Fine. That's the usual reaction to name-changes. But grabbing corporate dollars helps the team pay a free agent like Shin-Soo Choo $130 million over seven years.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) February 5, 2014
Ballparks with corporate sponsors can make for strange bedfellows — O.Co Coliseum, anybody? — but the Rangers and Globe Life do actually seem like a good fit. Mainly because the Rangers need some insurance.
Just look at the recent injuries: Starting pitcher Derek Holland will miss a good chunk of the season after falling at his house. Another pitcher, Joseph Ortiz, was hit by a motorcycle while walking down the street. Oof.
Let's also not forget Choo's magnet-like ability to get hit by pitches. Is that a pre-existing condition? New first baseman Prince Fielder, acquired in an offseason trade, comes with to town with baggage and rebound potential. Maybe Globe Life can have a claim ready if Prince continues to have more of the first than the second.
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