Tuesday, July 26 – A’s 6, Rangers 3
On this final stop of a swing to Missouri and Texas, I completed my jinx perfecta: all four home teams lost.
Access: I drove up from Houston, visited a cousin east of Dallas, and then fought rush-hour traffic over to Arlington, missed a turn, backtracked, and finally found my way to a parking lot by Globe Life Park.
Seats/pricing: Here, you could bring the third base line over home plate and to the upper deck; it would be just to my left. I caught a bargain night special at $10, so this was at the top of the value list for the trip.
View: There’s not much to see except, from some outside upper concourse locations, Jerry World (AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys).
Food: Barbecue is offered at many parks, and it seemed an especially logical choice in Texas. But I wanted something a bit different, so rather than ribs or pulled pork, I got a turkey leg. I asked for a knife, but the vendor said the meat would fall right off the bone – it did! It was tender, flavorful, and all-around delicious.
Beer: Priced from $7.50 to $9.25. Less expensive then Houston, but it couldn’t be the Texas taxes. Saw a nice collection of craft beers at one location.
Crowd: 25,272. Politics usually stay away from ball parks, but fans here had an opportunity to “Ask us for a Vote Yes! sign – Vote Yes! Keep the Rangers With No New Taxes”. Globe Life Park opened in 1994, so now efforts are underway for a new building, with consequent tax issues involved.
Neighborhood: Just parking lots, plus AT&T Stadium.
Arts and visuals: Another ball park honoring Nolan Ryan, this one with a statue along the concourse behind center field. There’s also a Texas Rangers Hall of Fame inside the park, with plaques and memorabilia marking highlights since the Rangers moved to Texas from Washington DC in 1972. No mention of the predecessor Senators, who began as an expansion team in Washington in 1961.
Baseball Moment: Three homers in the fourth and fifth innings staked the A’s to a 4-0 lead they never surrendered. Sonny Gray, in what could have been a showcase for a trade-deadline deal, got the win, yielding all three Texas runs in the fifth and completing six innings with eight strikeouts.