Evan Grant, Rangers beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a chat Thursday.
Question: How much do you think this Rangers-Astros thing with Harvey is like Kaepernick, in terms that people are focusing all the energy at the wrong place and missing the bigger picture?
Grant: I’m not gonna compare a natural disaster to the Colin Kaepernick situation, but I do think in this situation, there was way too much energy focused on who was “right” or “wrong,” in the decision-making process. As I’ve said, I don’t think either team was trying to somehow stick it to the other, but you will have some trouble convincing some people that neither team is to blame.
Question: People keep blaming the Rangers but isn’t Astros management just as much at fault in not just playing all 6 games in Arlington for the cause?
Grant: It’s unfortunate that anybody is “blaming” anybody for this series being relocated to Tampa Bay. It was not the Rangers’ decision. Quite frankly, I don’t understand why this is an issue at all. People are looking for somebody or something to blame in the wake of Harvey’s devastation. There is a narrative that has somehow made the Rangers look as if they lack compassion. It’s silly, bu some people dealing with real-life issues need an outlet. Jeff Banister said it best Wednesday when talking about this stupidness: Don’t confuse baseball with what is really important. Both companies operated their businesses in the best interest of their communities and fan bases while attempting to consider the hardships of the other. Sometimes, it just don’t work out the way folks “want.”
Question: Who is the main person that when it all comes down to it, made the final decision on the Rangers-Astros series location?
Grant: The process goes like this: The Astros submit their request to MLB and the Rangers. Rangers offer their input. Then MLB and Astros make final decision. As MLB officials told me the other day, they are confident that both teams tried to do everything the could to make sure they took the right “approach.” But that doesn’t fit with what we want, which is to make one team “right” and the other “wrong.” And meanwhile, people are worrying about food, shelter, clothing, health, rebuilding.
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