An estimated 300,000 fans of the Texas Rangers fans were already lined up along a two-mile stretch near the team’s ballpark hours before a parade Friday to celebrate the franchise’s first ever World Series championship.
It came a week after Texas won the series opener on an 11th-inning homer by Adolis Garcia after Corey Seager hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game.
World Series MVP Seager, AL Championship Series MVP Garcia and all of the Rangers players were expected to participate in the parade in the entertainment district of Arlington, the city where they play along Interstate 30 halfway between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas.
The Rangers arrived home in North Texas on Thursday.
Texas Rangers fans line up outside of Globe Life Field to celebrate the franchise’s first World Series title on Friday afternoon
An estimated 250,000-300,000 fans are expected to show up in Arlington, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Forth Worth area
PROUD RANGER: A Rangers fan painted his face in the team’s colors – white, blue and red – while waiting for the parade bus
Players of the Rangers will address their fans in an outdoor ceremony at Globe Life Field, once they get off the bus parade
The Rangers parade comes two days after the team won the World Series in five games against the Arizona Diamondbacks
All-Star second baseman Marcus Semien exited first, hoisting the World Series trophy into the air as he stepped out of the plane.
After starting on the south side of Globe Life Park, the parade route went along the side of AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, up around Mark Holtz Lake named after the late Rangers broadcaster and then by their former ballpark where they were when they made their only other World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Players were to address the fans in an outdoor ceremony after the parade wound back to the retractable-roof stadium they have called home since 2020.
Rangers’ Marcus Semien (L) hoists the Commissioner’s Trophy near pitcher Jose Leclerc (R) upon their arrival at Dallas Love Field on Thursday
The Texas Rangers storm the field after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks to win the World Series in Game 5, Wednesday
The Rangers pose for team photo after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-0, and in Game 5 and in five games overall
Several Texas Rangers fans brought posters to the parade with them as they demand for free beers to celebrate the occasion
A view of the statue of former Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan outside of Globe Life Field. The parade starts at 12:15 P.M C.T.
Arlington Mayor Jim Ross called the World Series title for the Rangers ‘a dream five decades in the making.’
‘We’ve invited mayors from Fort Worth and Dallas to participate in the parade. It’s important that people know that this isn’t an Arlington-only team,’ he added.
The Rangers won their first championship in their 63rd season as a franchise, which began as the expansion Washington Senators in 1961 before the team moved to Texas in 1972.