Actor and Texan Matthew McConaughey is stoked about a potential Lone Star playoff series between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.
The Lone Star rivals are both trying to make the postseason and could potentially meet in the American League Championship Series, giving the Silver Boot series a whole new level of importance.
“I’m so glad there are two Texas teams in the race right now,” said McConaughey, who was at Globe Life Park Monday to promote his Just Keep Livin Foundation, which is in its fourth year of a partnership with the Rangers. The Rangers and the JKL foundation created an after-school program for local students centered on encouraging them to improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition and community service.
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Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder helped support McConaughey before Monday’s game.
“Seeing that I have two kids myself, me and my wife, I always want to give other kids the opportunity to make the best choices for health,” Fielder said. “Just so they have the confidence to be the best they can be.”
McConaughey stayed around for the Rangers-Tigers game Monday night before heading back to New York to finish a film. He grew up an Astros fan in Longview, but admitted he’s “much more of a Rangers fan now.”
“I’m sure enjoying that we’ve got a little interstate rivalry going on,” he said. “When Houston came to the American League, that’s what I was hoping for. People traveling the highways, coming to Dallas or going to Houston. I hope we’re making a lot of that.”
You can bet they will if the teams meet in the postseason. And McConaughey will be there.
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