Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NEW YORK -- Near-silence swept Yankee Stadium at about the eighth inning on Tuesday night, when the Rangers held a 7-3 lead and were a mere six outs away from taking a commanding 3-1 lead in this American League Championship Series. At that point, a large portion of the 49,977 fans at the majestic ballpark began filing out, and all that could be heard were the type of chants that are usually muffled by those of the enthusiastic Yankees faithful. Let's go, Rangers! Let's go, Rangers! Let's go, Rangers!
That noise came from Section 226 -- located in the second deck, behind third base -- where about 15 rows are made up of family and friends of the visiting Rangers players. "Last night was a huge game for us," said JoAnn Moore, wife of Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore. "All of our families have been screaming bloody murder. More text messages, more messages back home, and the city of Arlington is just beside themselves with excitement. Our little group here has just been really tight, really close together, making it fun for each other and for the guys, too." The Rangers' family section takes up about 280 seats. Thirteen belong to those invited by Michael Young, 12 are there to see Vladimir Guerrero, and an entire row is taken up by Nelson Cruz's cheering section. But all of them are rooting on the same team. "It's very rare that you have sort of every player, every staff member that has somebody supporting them or following them, and you can't help but feel this really unique sense of comradery," said Michael Young's wife, Cristina Barbosa-Young. "We've never gotten a chance to do this in Texas, so this has definitely been a fun experience." As you can imagine, it isn't particularly easy being a Rangers fan at Yankee Stadium these days. A cup of beer was hurled from the third deck in Game 3, and the occasional spit and piece of trash found its way there in the later stages of Game 4, but those in the Rangers section say dealing with Yankees fans hasn't been too bad. "There's been a few comments about our deer and our claw and stuff, making fun of us," Moore said. "But, overall, they really don't have a whole lot to say because we've got the advantage right now."