In the first three innings of the final game of a long Rangers' home stand that ended on Aug. 10 I took these two pictures of Rangers Ballpark.
As you can see, plenty of good seats still available for a home game for your FIRST-PLACE Texas Rangers. OK, so it was against the Mariners, which is not that much different than a game against Navarro Junior College. But the Rangers are in first place.
The early indications? Brutal.
Even after a highly-successful road trip where the Rangers took 3 of 4 from the second-place Angels in SoCal, the team returned home to face one of the best, and most popular, teams in baseball in the Red Sox last night.
The announced attendance was 33,920, which is just a hair under 70 percent capacity. I'm not buying that figure either. No sports team ever accurately announces attendance.
The Rangers right now rank 11th in MLB in home attendance with an announced figure of 36,293. That's not that horrid. The D-Backs, which are in first place in the AL West, rank 23rd in attendance. Given this painful heat we're all suffering through this summer in the FW/d, Rangers' home figure may even be commendable.
Preferably, I just want to see more people there for a team that's in first place. If this is the Mariners, this is a non-issue. But the Rangers are in first place, and a genuine MLB threat. This does not happen every day.
This exec and I made a bet that between the Red Sox series and the series against the Angels the home attendance would be around 40,000. I took the over. He took the under.
Please prove me right.
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