Josh Hamilton became public enemy number one when he came out in the media just after leaving the Rangers to play for the Angels, saying Dallas was not a “Baseball town”. This lead to a whole campaign to prove him wrong and show him it is in fact a baseball town. But now things have died down from that statement, I started thinking about it and it really made me wonder, what is Dallas-Fort Worth?
In the true sense of the term, DFW is not a “Baseball town”. Now, before you jump my rear end, please continue reading. The Rangers have been in the metroplex since 1972 and just now having their longest run of success, which has fans flocking to the ballpark in record numbers. For the most part, the Rangers have not been on the forefront of sports fans minds in the area. It doesn’t mean fans didn’t follow them or support them, just didn’t go to the ballpark like they are now.
So, if DFW is not a “Baseball town”, then what is it? This is where it really gets hard to pin point one sport to define Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cowboys are the main team which seem to be on everyone’s minds and dominate media coverage day in and day out. But they haven’t had any sustained success in well over a decade.
The Mavericks and Stars have been able to fill up American Airlines arena when they were winning. With that being said, DFW is more of a Winning town than one particular sport or team. The Cowboys will be the primary team, just because Texas is a football hot bed. So, yes, Dallas-Fort Worth is not a “Baseball” town. It is a winner’s town, as long as the Rangers continue to win; they will carry the average or bandwagon fan.