ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 04: The Texas Rangers celebrate their victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
One more game determines the Texas Rangers’ opponent in the American League Championship Series.
If the New York Yankees win Thursday, the Rangers head to the Bronx to open the ALCS. If the Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees, the Rangers secure home field advantage for the ALCS and open at the ballpark Saturday.
Home field, as the phrase go, has its advantages for the team. Fans, though, might encounter a few disadvantages while making their way to the ballpark for Game 1.
The Texas Department of Transportation plans to close all but one lane both directions of state Highway 360 near state Highway 180 from about 8 p.m., Oct. 7, 'til about 3 p.m., Oct. 8, to put up beams for the new Union Pacific Railroad bridge.
Let’s see, what's that word? Oh, right, kerfuffle, and that’s the nice one.
Expect plenty of detours should Game 1 take place in Arlington, and plan the tailgating parties accordingly. First pitch comes during prime time — it’s the only MLB game set for Saturday — so construction should be completed by then, but you know how that goes.
Besides, you’ll want to see pregame batting practice and all that, so say a little thank you to TxDOT and say a little prayer to the traffic gods, and regardless, say another little prayer to the baseball gods that the Rangers open at home.
The Yankees are so last year.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He might just have to watch a game or all of the ALCS this year.