Dallas-Fort Worth has become Title Town, USA in the past two years. Nowhere in the country have there been more success in major sports than the bustling highways and byways of the Metroplex.
Perhaps the most improbable is the rise of the formerly mediocrity mired Texas Rangers who are serving notice that they are not a flash in the pan or one hit wonder by competing in their second consecutive World Series.
Nolan Ryan and his owner’s group took over an organization that traditionally enjoyed as much postseason success as the hapless Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters.
Jon Daniels and Ryan systematically overhauled a defective product from the ground up. Rising from the ashes the new and improved Rangers made the World Series last year falling short to the pitching juggernaut that was the San Francisco Giants.
Losing Cliff Lee in the off season was supposed to be something of a death blow to the Rangers chances of postseason, but someone forgot to give Ron Washington and the rest of the upstart Rangers the memo.
Riding the blistering hot bats of a largely blue collar roster and superstar Josh Hamilton, the Rangers have not only gotten to the World Series again, but done so in dramatic and convincing fashion. The region has again become captivated with "Ranger mania" and amazingly enough Dallas Fort Worth has embraced the Rangers passion and determination and have rewarded Ryan and the club with a frenzied home field advantage at the Ballpark that just oozes swagger, energy and an almost giddy aura of exuberance and expectation.
The likeability of the players and their team first attitude has swept through the city and Ryan has done a magnificent job marketing that. These are good guys. You want to root for good guys. Much like the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA Finals run, the Rangers have such a contagious and energetic vibe that fans want to experience and be part of it.
October in Texas now has an entirely different meaning and while we know football may well be king, you wouldn’t know it in Dallas-Fort Worth these days. Like the man said "these aren’t your father’s Rangers anymore."