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MLB: Texas Rangers Play in Front of Packed Crowd at Home Opener

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers opened their home half of the 2021 MLB season with a full house on Monday afternoon at Globe Life Field.

It’s the first time the Rangers are playing at their new home stadium. The MLB team moved from The Ballpark at Arlington to Globe Life Field, which has a retractable roof and additional amenities.

The Rangers hosted the Toronto Blue Jays as fans filled up the seats. It marked the first MLB game and sporting event allowing for full attendance since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. Texas is one state that has fully opened up, dropping all mandated restrictions by the state.

Take a look at this brief video shot by Sam Gannon of KDFW Fox 4 of Monday afternoon’s crowd.

Team and stadium officials asked fans to wear face coverings or masks while in the ballpark. Obviously, many of them shown in the video were not doing so.

Texas Rangers Look To Have Successful MLB Season

With their new stadium opening up, the Texas Rangers are looking forward to having a successful MLB season.

The team entered Monday afternoon’s game 2 1/2 games behind their home state rivals, the Houston Astros. They are both in the American League’s West Division. The Rangers lost two of three games in their season-opening series against the Kansas City Royals, including a 14-10 Opening Day loss.

They are looking to players like outfielder Joey Gallo and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz for help both at the plate and on the mound. This year’s Rangers squad is a young one, managed by Chris Woodward.

Toronto Blue Jays Provide Challenge To Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays are a part of the American League’s East Division. They went into Yankee Stadium and won two out of three from the Bronx Bombers, including a 3-2 Opening Day victory.

Now, there’s a bit of history between the Rangers and Blue Jays. Back in 2016, Jose Bautista, who played with Toronto, and Rougned Odor, who played with Texas, got into a brawl after Bautista slid hard into second base. Odor ended up punching Bautista as the benches emptied. It’s old news now as both players are no longer with the teams. But the competitive nature remains alive.

This year’s Blue Jays team is looking for production from infielders Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Marcus Semien. If those first two players’ last names sound familiar, then it’s OK. Their fathers are Baseball Hall of Famers Vladimir Guerrero and Craig Biggio, respectively.