Earlier on Monday, Major League Baseball Houston Astros and Texas Rangers would move their upcoming series to Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, in response to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey. The series was originally scheduled to be played in Houston.the
One question asked in response to the announcement was why the Astros and Rangers didn't just shift to Arlington, where conditions are more favorable. Astros president Reid Ryan offered an explanation -- and it's not favorable to the Rangers:
In fairness to the Rangers, there's more at play than greed or sportsmanship. Here's Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Texas' reasoning:
For whatever it's worth, the Rangers did offer to host the series -- and also offered to serve as the visiting team, according to Evan Grant:
Daniels said Rangers offered to put on games this week as visiting club; but declined to swap home & home series.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 28, 2017
It's likely that the Rangers will be made into a villain of sorts. But let's keep things in perspective. Where these games are being played and why are trivial matters compared to what's happening across Texas, and particularly in Houston.