On July 1, 1994, up three games in the American League West, the Rangers came to the brand new Ballpark in Arlington for an 8 games in 7 days homestand against the Tigers and Indians. Games 1 and 2 were a Friday night double header against the Tigers. Kevin Brown started the first game against the Tigers but didn't pitch particularly well, giving up just 4 earned runs in 2/ 2/3 innings. But, in the 8th a young lefty names Darren Oliver came in to face Lou Whitaker in a tight situation and got him. The Rangers went on to score 3 in the bottom of the 8th, eventually winning for a score of 10-6. They won the second game of the double header too, witnessed by a crowd of 40,852.
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (4th of July) they drew 46,000+ to each game and on Wednesday, against Cleveland, they drew 46,000+ for the fourth time that series.. The Rangers ended up going 6-2 that series and left up the same three games that they had arrived. In all they drew an average of 42,622 to those 7 dates, a new team record for a long (seven or more dates) homestand..
On June 19, 1997, coming off their first playoff appearance in club history the year before, and down just 2 games to the Mariners, the second place Rangers started a big seven game home stand in which they would face the Mariners and the Angels. On the field, the homestand was a disaster as they went just 1-6, departing in third place 6 back of the Mariners and also behind the Angels. The Rangers would never again get closer than 5 games to the division lead.
The largest crowd of that entire series 46,193 was there on Saturday June 21 to watch the Rangers lose 15-8 to the Mariners. Jamie Moyer started that game for the Mariners and a thirty five year old righty with an era of 10.24 by the name of Mike Maddux came in and held on for the win. In all, the Rangers drew 300,353 to those seven games for a new club record for a seven game plus home stand of 42,908,
On May 6, 2011 the Rangers came to the ballpark for what was supposed to be a nine game homestand against the Yankees, A's and Angels. The Rangers drew 48k-50k for each of the three games against the Yankees, but only 24,375 for the Monday game against the A;s. They drew a bit over 30k on the Tuesday and while I would guess they were probably in the same range for Wednesday's day game, like Moreland's grand slam, it never officially happened as the game was wiped out by rain. The most recent three games against the Angels followed, with fireworks on Friday, Feliz jerseys on Sunday, and absolutely spectacular weather for all three games, the Rangers drew an average of 47,000+ to the three games against the Angels.
In all, the Rangers drew 344,672 to those 8 official dates, an average of 43,084, a new club record for a seven game+ home stand. Here's hoping that the Rangers will be playing meaningful ball throughout this season, If so, I wouldn't be at all surprised if between July 1-10, with 7 of the 10 games of that homestand either on a weekend or a holiday, the Rangers challenge or break this new record.
No home games this week, but I'll be back Sunday with a preview of the coming week's attendance, tickets and promos.