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Texas Rangers’ New $1.2 Billion Stadium Wasn’t the Only Thing on Fire Saturday

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:24 PM
Travis Pulver
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:24 PM
  • Globe Life Field, the $1.2 billion new home of the Texas Rangers, was briefly on fire Saturday afternoon.
  • Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly and put it out.
  • But the stadium wasn’t the only thing on fire. It appears the front office was busy making some magic happen.

The Texas Rangers are scheduled to begin the 2020 MLB season in their new, $1.2 billion home, Globe Life Field. As exciting as that is, fans are probably hoping that Saturday’s fire at the stadium is not a sign of things to come.

If it were a dumpster fire—that would be something to worry about (talk about your bad juju). As it turns out, the area that caught fire was about 100 feet off the ground and underneath the retractable roof.

Local firefighters quickly put the fire out. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Superstitious folks looking for a hidden metaphysical meaning to the strange fire would say the 2020 season was doomed had it been a dumpster fire. Since the fire was underneath the retractable roof (approximately 100 feet up), perhaps it’s a sign of good things to come.

The future for the Rangers isn’t so hot the metaphorical ceiling needs to be raised. But maybe the team is getting better?

Texas Rangers Trade Cleveland Indians For 2-time Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber

While the stadium was on fire, it appears that the Rangers’ front office was on fire as well working on a trade  for one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber. The news broke on Sunday, and the deal becomes official pending a physical.

Kluber is a two-time Cy Young winner (2014 and ’17) and has a career ERA of 3.16. He was hit hard with injuries last season and only started seven games before he was shut down. In those seven, he went 2-3 and earned an ERA of 5.80.

The trade will cost the Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and reliever Emmanuel Clase.

Assuming he can return to his Cy Young form, the Rangers rotation will include a rather dangerous trio—Kluber, Mike Minor, and Lance Lynn.

If the newly signed Kyle Gibson can return to his 2018 form (when he had a 3.62 ERA; had a 4.84 ERA last season), it is going to be tough to hit against the Texas Rangers next season.

So, yes, the team is getting better. Is it on fire? Not yet, but things are heating up. With Gerrit Cole no longer in Houston and Anthony Rendon now with the Angels, the  AL West could become the toughest division in baseball.