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Ross Douhat (NYT columnist), on Game 6 and its likely significance for the Rangers' future.
I've got no qualms with Douhat's premise.I was also thinking the way this series played out - both the heartbreak and the classiness of the team -will possibly engender a greater respect and admiration society nationally for the Rangers.In the same way that a lot of AL fans joined the Philly bandwagon a few years ago, it seems from cursory comments I've read that many NL fans have adopted the Rangers now.FAR more so than resulted from last year's WS appearance, and I believe more so than had we won in 5-6games this year.Admittedly, I'm still looking for consolations...
Looking back, I actually became a Red Sox fan in '86 as a result of the WS debacle.They were my "other team" until recently - when they too became the Man, and a real threat to my "actual team."
This made sense in a convoluted sort of way, but he neglects to consider that the North Texas area (and most of Texas, for that matter) has been football mad long before professional baseball arrived.With virtually every youngster wanting to be the next gridiron superstar from the time they were in elementary school, it's hard to build a fan base that (1) would care about baseball and (2) would care enough about a professional team to abandon their Cowboys or Texans.Even though I wish it weren't so, it would take something akin to a seismic shift to pull football fans away from their game and into RBiA.He's correct in citing that long suffering Red Sox and Cubs fans have become martyrs of sorts. "Oh you poor dear,'' they say to Red Sox/Cubs fans, "it must be impossible to root for your team year after year and watch them lose, year after year.''Put a Texas-version of football history in Massachusetts or Illinois and fans would have something else to keep their minds occupied.Texas, not just the DFW area, is a football stronghold. That's just the way it is and it might take multiple World Series titles for that to change.
Good read. He has a very good point, I think.
The Mavs had this happen five years ago. They gained a lot of fans when they went all the way to the finals. Then they blew a 2-0 lead in 4 straight games, and a lot of new converts likewise had their hearts broken. I know because I was one of them. Then this year they went back and beat the same team, even though arguably both teams were better than they were 5 years ago.
No, I don't expect baseball to usurp the fervor that so many Texans have for the Cowboys, in spite of the fact that the Rangers are one of the best teams in baseball now, and the Cowboys aren't even close. Realistically, though, I don't think that the Rangers need to. One need not decide between being a Rangers fan and being a Cowboys fan because they don't compete with each other.
I didn't become a very enthusiastic Rangers fan until last year around playoff time. But I'm one for life now. And I know there are lots more. The Rangers' fan base doesn't have to compete with the Cowboys' to grow; it hasn't, and it won't. It'll grow on its own.
I'm sure that in time Ross Douhat's article will be true, but right now I just want to be angry that the Cardinals pissed in my cheerios. As a lifelong Rangers fan ('92 when I was 6 years old) I've had my heart ripped out of my chest enough.
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