The Texas Rangers are taking over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as far as professional sports are concerned. In a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox, 142,320 fans crowded into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to watch the Rangers win two out of three games over the weekend.
Last year in the 2011 World Series, the Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals drew 154,460 fans to the Ballpark in three games, only a difference of 12,140 fans.
One thing that makes this even more amazing is that Yu Darvish, the Japanese free-agent pitcher, had not pitched for the Rangers yet. Darvish made his first start as a Ranger on April 9, against the visiting Seattle Mariners. A total of 42,003 Rangers fans watched Darvish win his first start in Arlington 11-5 in spite of a rough first couple of innings.
Yes, the Rangers are the lead story in sports in the north Texas area at the present time. Lamar Odom walked out on the Dallas Mavericks, and, to be honest, only the die-hard Mavericks fans in the area even noticed or cared. When I asked a couple of co-workers what they thought of Odom quitting, they asked, "Who is he?" After I informed them who Odom was, the talk turned to Khloe Kardashian and her sister Kim.
The Dallas Cowboys' biggest news this offseason has been that the Rangers had to borrow some parking on opening day. The tailgaters in the Rangers parking lots took up so much room, the Rangers had to borrow two full lots from the Cowboys and parts of two others. The Dallas Stars played so bad the final five games of the season, blowing a chance to go to the playoffs, nobody is even mentioning them at all.
The Rangers have taken the north Texas area completely over. If Darvish comes through with a good pitching performances and the Rangers keep winning, the lead story in sports news around the Dallas area will be the Rangers for quite some time.
Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban need to take note of the plan Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels are using with the Rangers. Be humble, keep your team together and keep winning. Cuban does not have trouble with selling out American Airlines where the Mavericks play, but keeping a team together, that is a different story. Jerry Jones should just concentrate on the humble part.
Granted, I am a Rangers fan and have been for a long time, but right now, the Rangers are making it easy for everyone to jump on the bandwagon.
Source: texasrangers.comJ. Brackston has been an avid Texas Rangers fan since they moved to Texas from Washington D.C… He has rooted for the good teams and bad teams, and watched 100's of games at the old Arlington Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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