ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers fields a ground ball hit by Lance Berkman #17 of the New York Yankees in Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 16, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Kinsler
With a sea of red engulfing the diamond at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Kinsler told a television reporter how the dynamic of Dallas-Fort Worth was about to change — possibly forever.
"It's not a football town anymore. I'll tell you that," Kinsler said with a confident smile. "We're going to make this a baseball town."
Fast-forward to Monday night, just across Pennant Drive, at Cowboys Stadium, aka the Death Star, just before Lando and Admiral Ackbar & Co. blew it up for good.
During the Cowboys' 41-35 loss to the New York Giants, a large group of fans began chanting:
"Let's go Rangers (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap), Let's go Rangers (clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)."
And it didn't stop there. In the ESPN postgame coverage, analyst Steve Young was pronouncing the Cowboys dead but was being drowned out by the same chant — live, and for all the nation to see and hear.
Now, all Dallas fans have to look forward to until a possible Mavs or Stars playoff run is the Rangers in the World Series, and this city has caught a serious case of pennant fever.
The Rangers face a different Giants team, on the opposite coast of those New York blues, and a win in the Fall Classic, America's Pastime, could change the landscape of this city for years to come. Could DFW become a baseball first city with a good football team like New York or Boston?
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but regardless of what happens, this season has been a resounding success for the Rangers, and the future appears very bright with no significant free agents to re-sign except for that Lee fella, and a looming blockbuster television deal that has been labeled a "game changer".
Could our friend Ian have been right? Who knows. Making one of the nation's football hotbeds a baseball town is quite a task, but if there's one thing the 2010 Rangers have shown it's that they do a lot of things folks don't expect them to. Why should this be any different?