Texas Rangers avoid bone-chilling scenario at ALCS conclusion

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 18: Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the first pitch of the game to Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 18, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 18: Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the first pitch of the game to Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 18, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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The Texas Rangers dodged a bullet heading straight to the heart when the Tampa Bay Rays took down the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Texas Rangers organization has been a major part of this postseason, but not in the way it would prefer. The Rangers missed the playoffs by a landslide in 2020, finishing with the second-worst record in MLB. Their stadium, on the other hand, has made it to the World Series.

Globe Life Field will pose as the main attraction this evening as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The crowd will cap at 11,000, blending locals with traveling fans of each represented team.

Luckily for the Rangers’ organization, a swarm of Houston Astros fans will not penetrate the gates.

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That was a rising concern as the Astros rallied from three games down against the Rays in the ALCS. Houston forced a Game 7, meaning they were one victory from competing for the championship on their state rival’s field. They fell just short, dropping Game 7 to the Rays by a score of 4-2.

Across the country, MLB fans, players, and front offices fielded a great relief as the controversial and ignominious 2017 champs would not return to the World Series in 2020. Though, the North Texas region felt an even grander relief.

Imagine the following scenario: The Astros – the Texas Rangers’ abhorrent rival of which they’ve brawled on several occasions, lost to on numerous occasions, and witnessed conquer the division three of the last four seasons – compete for the crown on the turf of the Rangers’ brand-new $1.2 billion stadium. They perform in front of fans at Globe Life Field, something the Rangers did not do during their 2020 season. They use the Rangers’ facilities, they emerge from the Rangers’ dugout, and they have the potential to spray champagne all over the Rangers’ locker room.

The Baseball Gods could not fathom such cruel extremes; therefore, they answered the Texas Rangers’ and the league’s prayers by shunning the Houston Astros in the lead-up game to the World Series. Crises averted.

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Do the Rangers enjoy sharing their masterpiece of a stadium with other clubs in its inaugural season? To that I answer, any club but the Houston Astros.