The Texas Rangers won the AL West, despite trying to throw it away at the last minute to the Los Angeles Angels or Houston Astros. With the win on Sunday, the Rangers clinched the AL West and were presented with their Postseason shirts with the phrase “The West Is Ours” on the chest. The words “The West” silhouetted by the skyline of the city of Dallas. One problem, the Rangers don’t play in Dallas. They play in Arlington! HOW DARE THEY PUT DALLAS ON THE SHIRT!
That is at least the reaction of some Rangers fans (they have fans?) and the Mayor of Arlington. They want Arlington properly represented. The Mayor, Jeff Williams said he will not wear the shirt.
The outrage is strong enough that the Rangers are not stocking the shirt at Globe Life Park or on their team store and Major League Baseball will not be pushing the shirts out, despite the entire team wearing them during their celebration.
Here is what MLB told CBSDFW today:
“We made a mistake in using this design for the Rangers. As a result we are not shipping any more skyline t-shirts to retailers and we are instead offering alternate Rangers Postseason shirts.”
Are you serious? They made a mistake in putting the most iconic skyline in the area on the shirt? Does anyone really associate the Texas Rangers with Arlington? No. No they don’t. What about Lubbock and Amarillo and Corpus Christi, don’t they all identify with the TEXAS Rangers? Should they want their skylines on the the shirt? Or maybe they should just put the state of Texas (sans the Houston Area) on the shirt.
Well, this does seem like an easy fix. So, Arlington, don’t worry, I called a buddy of mine who has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth, (wait, I don’t want to offend anyone up there) the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington-Plano-Irving-Grapevine-Garland-Highland Park-Waxahachie-Grand Prairie-Euless-Flower Mound-Coppell-Carrollton-Desoto-Mansfield-Saginaw-Keller area his entire life and asked him to give me an image of the Arlington skyline and I added it to the Postseason shirt so that they can proudly wear their team’s apparel.
Here it is:
For reference, the dome is obviously AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play. (The Cowboys, from Dallas, that have never had a stadium in Dallas!) To its right is Globe Life Park. To it’s left is a Marriott, which is the biggest building in Arlington. The wavy type thing under the ‘T’ is a roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas, NOT ARLINGTON.
Enjoy it Arlington, people are actually talking about your city, that no one goes to without those stadiums and a few roller coasters.