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Red Fever Spreads Across North Texas



    Texas Rangers fans were happy to see the team clinch at home and stocked up on AL West Championship shirts after the game. (Published Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011)

    Red fever is heating up again.

    Texas Rangers fans have been buying American League Championship Series tickets and merchandise Saturday after the team clinched its fifth AL West title late Friday night.

    It was a moment that called for an over-the-top celebration with plenty of cheers and champagne, when fans knew their home team might just repeat last year's victories.

    "We did it, man. We made it happen," said Joe Norris, shopping in the ballpark gift shop.

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    T-shirts and caps went on sale at the team's stores until 2 a.m. once the Rangers became AL West champions.

    "It felt great," fan Bobby Blancato said. "[It was the] first time I got to enjoy a championship at home and inside the stadium. Nothing could be better."

    Fans say they hope to see another trip to the World Series.

    "Texas back to back," said Dan Moya, who wore a blue-and-red wig in honor of the Rangers.

    Thousands of fans never left the ballpark in Arlington after the team's Friday night win against the Seattle Mariners.

    The Rangers clinched the title hours later, after the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers showed the West Coast game on the big-screen monitors at the ballpark.

    Some fans hung around to wait for the box office to open.

    Taylor Reed spend almost 12 hours in line for "just the excitement and the chance to go to a game and to get good seats [and] to be a part of something that's going to make history."

    The line stretched along one side of the building, although fan Kevin Guillen said he expected more people.

    "We need more excitement," he said. "We got to support the Rangers. We clinched. You would expect [the line to be] around the building."

    Once the gate opened, folks tried to get the best seats they could buy. One fan from Tyler got tickets to four championship series games just for herself, no one else.

    "They have schedules, and I schedule the Rangers," Sharon Scott said. "Oh, I love this stuff."

    If the Rangers don't make it past the first round of the playoffs, fans' ALCS tickets will be refunded.