The commissioner, new ownership and pundits tried to sell a rivalry between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers as the best part about the Astros moving to the American League West. Most fans are against the move and only the most naive of fans would buy a rivalry between the two teams. So, what needs to happen for a rivalry to happen?
Here, we will look at the common characteristics that rivalries have across sports. Then, we will see if the Astros and Rangers can use those to build a rivalry that work for each other. One thing is for sure: It takes more work than most think.