ST. LOUIS -- Ron Washington grew up in football country, in Louisiana. He works in football country, in Texas.
The Rangers manager has heard people say that baseball can never replace football in that part of the world.
"The only way it can get there," Washington said Wednesday, "we've got to bring home the World Series trophy."
The Rangers are a win away from doing that. They lead the World Series, three games to two, heading into Thursday's rain-delayed Game 6.
But who knows if even one World Series title would change anything in Texas.
"You think the Mavs are bigger than the Cowboys?" Michael Young asked. "The Mavs deserve a ton of credit. They've been on a great run for years, and they went out and beat a great Miami team to win a championship.
"The Cowboys are the top team for a reason, because they've got a ton of rings. It doesn't both us. To be honest, I'm a Cowboys fan. But I'm pretty sure if you asked our crowd in the Metroplex, they're pretty fired up about our baseball team right now."
There's no doubt about that. Whether or not it really was the Rangers Ballpark noise that led to the Cardinals' Game 5 bullpen blunders, there's no doubt that it was loud.
"They continue to raise the bar," Young said. "It was just crazy for every game."
As crazy as it would be for the Cowboys?
Not yet, maybe not ever. Or maybe a World Series trophy changes it.