The headline in the Star-Telegram said “It Was Still a Dream Season” and it was!
Those of us who grew up in Arlington remember when we had a semi-pro team. Many a summer night was spent rooting the home team in Arlington. Then, when Tommy Vandergriff brought in the Rangers, that was BIG.
I can’t tell you how many nights over the years, I have spent at Arlington Stadium with family and friends. Lots of good times and lots of good memories. I remember going to a season opener with Ed and Cindy. It was FREEZING! We were wrapped up in blankets watching the game, but mainly trying to stay warm. I remember going to a Ranger/Astro game in Houston and running into sorority sisters from Arlington. I remember how my mom always moaned when the game tied, because she didn’t want it to go into extra innings.
I hope my children will remember the time when twenty-five families from Mansfield tailgated, watched the game, and saw the Beach Boys. The kids would Congo Line around the stadium with hats made out of drink holders on their heads. Yes, we wanted to make sure everyone knew that MANSFIELD was there.
When Nolan Ryan achieved his strike out record, Brett was watching the game at his grandparents' house. Watching him cheer on Ryan was the best part of the game for them. I could go on and on, but my point is, it didn’t matter in all those years if the Rangers won, it was just fun to go to the ball game or watch your home team.
So, it was just icing on the baseball diamond that Barry, Brett, Miles, Michelle, Chris, and Joe were able to go see the Rangers play in the World Series. Even though everyone would have loved to see the Rangers win, it was just a continuation of fun and great memories at the Ballpark in Arlington.