Management believed this squad would compete for first place in the American League Western Division. But that hasn’t happened. Instead, another Texas-based team, the Houston Astros find themselves leading all other teams in the division.
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In fact, the Los Angeles Angels are in second place and the Rangers find themselves in third place with a losing record. They are too far behind the league leaders to even think about competing for postseason play.
But this squad plays in a great ballpark that has changed names numerous times over the years. Most recently, from 2007-2013, the stadium was known as Rangers Ballpark. Before that, in the years from 2004 to 2006, fans knew this ball field as Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
Go back even further and the Rangers were playing their home games in The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington Stadium and even RFK Stadium which was named in honor of the assassinated brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK). His name was, of course, Robert Kennedy and he was often referred to as RFK.
While the ballpark is old, renovations and changes have been made over the years to keep the fan experience fresh and enjoyable. Today, there are numerous restaurants and snack bars located around the ballpark and much of the food available for purchase has a Tex-Mex flair.
Globe Life Park in Arlington also has been the home field for several successful Texas teams. Actually, the teams that won played in a park which was known by different names, as noted earlier. For example, the stadium that houses the Texas Rangers was the site of two winning pennant teams in 2010 and 2011, five Western Division titles, feats that were accomplished in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010 and 2011 and one Wild Card in 2012.
Perhaps most exciting of all for the fans of this club is what happened in 2010. That postseason the Rangers made it all the way to the World Series. Unfortunately, they lost the Fall Classic to the San Francisco Giants in just five games.
Globe Life Park in Arlington, which bears the name of the company that owns the right to have its name emblazoned on the outside of the stadium, has several statues located throughout the park.
These statues honor the team’s all time best players, men who are in the Hall of Fame. Included in this group is Nolan Ryan, a pitcher who began his career in New York with the Mets, but achieved fame in Texas, Bert Blyleven, one of the best pitchers of his generation, Whitey Herzog, a great manager, Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry, both of whom are legendary starting pitchers.
There is no doubt that Texas fans like their team and the ballpark where games are played. If management’s strategy holds up, the love affair between fans and players will be in full bloom in 2016.