In just three short seasons, Globe Life Field, the home of the Texas Rangers, has already become a place of lasting memories for two of baseball’s most storied franchises — the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.
New York Yankees and Aaron Judge’s 62nd homer or Los Angeles Dodgers and 2020 World Series: Which was bigger at Globe Life Field?
With Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run of the season on Tuesday night, the New York Yankees slugger etched himself into history … and brought Globe Life Field along with him. Hitting a first-inning shot off Texas starter Jesus Tinoco, Judge ensured that Yankees fans (and baseball fans of all kinds) for generations would see the historic homer establishing a new American League record for long balls fly over the left field fence.
Speaking of flying, let’s travel across the country and talk about the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have a special memory of their own at Globe Life Field.
Flash back to the 2020 season. It was not only a pandemic-shortened schedule, but also the opening year for the new Texas Rangers ballpark. With Globe Life being brand new and able to be a part of MLB’s “bubble” postseason plan to keep COVID-19 from affecting the Fall Classic’s schedule, the home of the Rangers became the neutral site for the World Series.
In that World Series, the Dodgers would down the Tampa Bay Rays in six games and claim their first World Series title since beating the Oakland A’s in 1988.
So here’s the question: Which franchise had the more memorable moment inside Globe Life? Was it the Yankees seeing the franchise record and AL home run record fall, or the Dodgers claiming a World Championship?
Both have their positives of course. Judge’s chase of Roger Maris has been must-watch TV for baseball fans for days and any time a record is rewritten, it’s worthy of praise. The Dodgers outlasting all other teams in arguably one of the most challenging seasons of all time, navigating through a pandemic, is certainly worthy of celebrating as well.
The negatives? Judge’s home run record is American League only and still behind Barry Bonds for the all-time single-season home run record. Meanwhile, there are plenty of non-Dodgers fans who say winning a title after 60 games is much different than winning one after 162 games.
So which one carries more weight at Globe Life: An individual accomplishment (Judge) or team accomplishment (Dodgers)? Let us know in the comments section below.