Mexico has long been known to favor the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Texas Rangers are rapidly becoming a popular team south of the border.
That’s why the Rangers will host the Mexico City Red Devils in an exhibition game on April 3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, as executives from both teams made the announcement at the winter meetings on Tuesday at the Hilton Anatole.
The Red Devils are considered the equivalent of the New York Yankees of the Triple-A Mexican League, and will surely draw interest from the Spanish community throughout the Dallas—Fort Worth area.
“It’s an opportunity to stimulate some interest in Mexico and in the Spanish community here,” Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan said.
For the Red Devils, it’s an opportunity to show they can play with one of the best teams in the major leagues.
“We’re very proud to play the American League champions, and feel proud that the Rangers selected us as the team to play them,” Red Devils president Roberto Mansur said. “We will have support of the Hispanic community to show we can play baseball. We feel it’ll be a success between the United States and Mexico. We’re going to bring our best team and try to win.”
As far as the Rangers growing support in Mexico, Mansur said: “The last few years, you can see Rangers caps everywhere because they’re playing good baseball.”
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, along with Ryan, wouldn’t speculate beyond this season’s exhibition if it will be an annual event, or if the Rangers would play in Mexico City in the near future.
-- Drew Davison