Yankees fans ready to invade Rangers Ballpark
Rangers fans might have one tiny
qualm about the American League Championship Series starting
tonight against the navy blue horde from New York.
It isn’t the Damn Yankees that concern them, though former
Rangers Alex Rodriguez and Mark
Teixeira might hear a “Boo!” or two. It’s those Yankees fans.
No team in baseball can claim the legion that follows the
Yankees, the most storied franchise in the sport’s history and one
of the most valuable in the world. The Yankees’ fans are so fervid
that wherever the team goes, they pack opposing ballparks, chanting
and cheering in their pinstripes and caps, often overwhelming the
Who can forget those few playoff games at the Arlington ballpark
in the ’90s, when it seemed there were at least as many Yankees
The Dallas Cowboys bear the name, but the Yankees might truly be
Of course, many Yankees fans have only the most tenuous tie to
New York. Instead, they’re drawn by the team’s dazzling success on
the field, its omnipresence in the media and a tradition so rich it
borders on the mythical.
Add ’em up, and they’re something of a psychological home run,
said Dr. Allen R. McConnell, a psychology professor at Miami
University in Ohio.
“One thing about the Yankees is they’re successful, and people
enjoy associating themselves with success. There’s a term for that:
‘BIRGing’ – Basking In Reflected Glory. People want to associate
with winners,” Dr. McConnell said.
And with 27 World Series titles, no team has won like the
Given that tradition and success, it’s little wonder that “New
York Yankees” is the most valuable brand in sports and the
franchise itself the third-most-valuable, according to Forbes
magazine, ranking just below English soccer giant Manchester United
and the Cowboys.
Likewise, it’s little wonder those teams and their fans are
widely loathed by fans of less-dominant franchises.
“My opinions of the Cowboys and the Yankees are the same: They
both expect to win just because of who they are,” said Joe Siegler
of Garland, a Philadelphia transplant who loves the
Rangers but couldn’t let the Cowboys
replace his hometown Eagles.
“But despite what I think of them, the Yankees are the franchise
and they have fans everywhere,” said Siegler, who runs the website
Rangerfans.com. “If you’re a fan of a team and they come to your
town, you go.”
Tickets going fast
The calls started pouring in moments after the
Rangers won their first playoff
series and haven’t stopped. Area ticket brokers are keeping busy as
fans scramble to be a part of the
Rangers’ first American League
Championship Series appearance. Only a handful of single and
standing room tickets remained as of Thursday evening for Game 1
tonight and Game 2 on Saturday through the
Rangers ticket office. Texas
Tickets is selling upper level seats from $75 to $100 and lower
level from $150 to $750. At Metro Tickets, upper level seats are
just under $100, while lower level ranges from $250 to $600.