The Texas Rangers duped Houston after Hurricane Harvey

The Texas Rangers will be taking on the Houston Astros one last time on September 25-27 at Globe Life Park. Why is this series more controversial than any other series this season? If humanity had triumphed in August, then these three games would be played in Minute Maid Park rather than Arlington.

After a bamboozling decision by the Rangers, however, the Astros lost three home games while the Rangers come out as ugly losers.

As everyone in the United States knows, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Greater Houston area beginning on August 25, and it was severe enough to make playing in Minute Maid Park unrealistic. So Astros GM Reid Ryan thought it would make sense for the Rangers to switch home series with them and play the upcoming Lone Star Series in Arlington. Then, the two teams would travel to Houston in late September, when Houston was in better condition to host baseball.

The Rangers apparently rejected that idea for two reasons. First, playing the September series in Houston would have resulted in a 12-game road trip in the middle of a playoff scenario. Secondly, as GM Jon Daniels claimed, switching the series would be “unfair” for those who had tickets for the September games. Because of this, the series was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, instead.

That reasoning resulted in plenty of people taking exception to the Rangers, even the Star-Telegram.


One of the best adjectives I have seen used toward the Rangers was “tone-deaf,” which metaphorically means someone cannot comprehend different aspects of a situation. This is one of those situations where Daniels probably could have been more accommodating.

Where do I begin? A 12-game road trip is certainly not an ideal scenario, but it is not nearly as bad as Houstonians dealing with an a absolute mess following the flooding that wrecked the city and killed at least 70 people in Texas (Meanwhile, the second reasoning is just too outlandish). While the Rangers probably were not trying to look this silly, it is pretty bad to put first-world problems over an actual, dire scenario in your own state.

I am currently living in South Carolina, and Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma is about to hit the state in some capacity. If someone from Florida wanted to stay at my place because his/her home was forecasted to be blasted with a category 4 hurricane, which was also the case for Harvey, then I would certainly be willing to accommodate them because having a safe shelter is a must in such extremes cases. Being someone who has endured the flooding from Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew last year, I would expect someone farther north, such as my aunt in Maryland, to help me out if Irma did significant damage to South Carolina. If I was turned away because of “first-world” issue, then I would probably be very confused about that person’s thought process.

I could go on about the hurricane situation, but that problem became such a social wildfire that there is nothing I could say that has not been mentioned. What makes this even worse for the Rangers is that they now have lit a fire in the Lone Star rivalry. I am aware heated rivalries are thrilling because I grew up watching the Yankees and Red Sox in the early 2000’s, and there were more brawls between those teams than there have been between Manny Machado and, well, anybody. This situation is even worse because Houston was devastated with the hurricane and the Rangers turned them away in a logistically reasonable move. Not only does this create tension between those associated with the team, like Ryan and Daniels, but also between the fans. Starting September 25, there may be plenty of disagreements, to put it lightly, between the Astros and Rangers fans.

Now the attention will turn to St. Petersburg. Why? The Rays are supposed to play the New York Yankees at home for four games this week, and then they will travel to the Bronx for three games on September 26-28. If Tropicana Field or the city were damaged from Hurricane Irma, then it would make sense for the Yankees to go back home this week and switch series with the Rays. If the Yankees reject such a proposal like the Rangers did, then they will have an avalanche of anger hurled at them, and it may be worse for them since they are one of the biggest markets in the MLB.

While they did make a $ 1 million donation to help the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts, the Texas Rangers made a careless mistake in an attempt to help the Houston Astros, and the turmoil may last longer than Daniels realizes.

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