The Dallas Mavericks are big Texas Rangers fans.
They’ve had players, including Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons, throw out the first pitch. Mavs owner Mark Cuban even tried to buy them back in 2010.
But the Rangers, including co-owner Ray Davis, were blown away by the gesture the Mavericks made before Sunday’s Game 3 at Globe Life Park.
The Mavs sent a giant banner that read: “The Dallas Mavericks proudly support the Texas Rangers” on one side and “Go Rangers” on the other. In the middle was a picture of the ballpark.
“It was a collective [idea],” Cuban said via email. “Everyone wanted to support the Rangers there in every way we could. And I’m going to be watching the game tonight like everyone else hoping for a sweep!!”
Mavs players and personnel signed their names and best wishes. The sign is on the wall across from the Rangers’ clubhouse.
First family of fans
Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura attended the game with their daughters, Jenna and Barbara. George H.W. Bush, President 41, threw out the first pitch in Houston before the Astros and Royals’ Game 3 at Minute Maid Park.
It’s no time to get twitchy with your walk-up tune. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus switched to The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face.
“I’m not really a superstitious guy on that but we ended the season pretty good,” he said. “It’s all about getting you in the right mood for every at-bat.”
If Andrus struggles Sunday night, don’t be surprised if he’s singing a different tune, or at least walking up to one the next game.
“If it’s not getting hits you need to get a new one, for sure,” he said. “Right now I’m keeping the one I ended the season with.”
Towel vs. towel
The Rangers and Blue Jays each have team slogans and they’re making sure their fans are in the spirit. Each fan entering Globe Life Park on Sunday night was handed a white rally towel with a big red Texas’ T logo and the team’s social media mantra: #NeverEverQuit. The Blue Jays passed out towels with their team slogan #ComeTogether at Game 1.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760