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World Series Boosting Arlington Pride

By Julie Tam
|  Friday, Oct 29, 2010  |  Updated 4:44 PM CDT
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Julie Tam

The Rangers' success so far has brought Arlington attention the city had not planned for. The community is showing its pride today in new and bigger ways.

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The Rangers' success so far has brought Arlington attention the city had not planned for. The community is showing its pride today in new and bigger ways.

The signs of support are everywhere, and fans say, "It's time." Everyone is wearing red, even the statue of former Mayor Tom Vandergriff inside Arlington City Hall.

Fans are writing their personal messages to the Rangers on a banner, wishing them "good luck" and saying, "You make Arlington and all of Texas proud!" The city will give the signed banner to the team to hang it up at the ballpark during the World Series.

"It's exciting, and we're witnessing history right now," Carmen Barrientos, a Rangers fan, said.

"It puts Arlington on the map. It lets people know where Arlington is and what we can do," Trey Yelverton, deputy city manager, said.

Already famous for the Dallas Cowboys, North Texas is now getting national name recognition in baseball.

The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau wants everyone to take notice, so it placed the world's biggest Rangers baseball cap with antlers on the roof of its building across from Rangers Ballpark.

"It's just a great feeling to know that nationwide people are watching us do awesome," Arlington native Anne Potts said.

"And it's kind of a funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl. The World Series," Jay Burress, ACVB president and CEO, said.

It's not an event Arlington anticipated, but the city is certainly going along for the ride.

Mayor Robert Cluck has officially declared this weekend "claw and antler time." He's urging fans to greet fellow Texans and San Francisco fans with "the claw."

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