Rangers fans face dilemma after Game 2 shuffle



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Posted on October 9, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 9 at 10:41 PM

Should Sunday's ALCS game have been canceled hours before the scheduled start?

ARLINGTON — Major League Baseball was trying to avoid another night like Saturday night, when heavy rain caused two game delays in the opening game of the American League Championship Series between the Rangers and Tigers.

So Sunday’s Game 2 was postponed early, taking many fans by surprise when they arrived at the Ballpark. Others were already set up for tailgate parties when they learned the news.

Jordan Meaker and his friends were among the first tailgaters to arrive on Sunday morning. "To be honest, I was pretty upset," he said. "We had scheduled our work off, and now we have to work tomorrow, so I don't know if I'll make the game."

Meaker decided to make the best of it and party with his pals anyway.

"I was upset, but then me and my friends said we should stay and tailgate and that made me happy," said Chand Yaded.

The Lemley family drove two hours from Wichita Falls with two carloads full of kids. Some will stay for Monday's rescheduled game, but the other half had to drive back home.

Libby, a high school athlete, will have to miss the game. "I was like, you have got to be kidding me!" she said.

There may be a lot of empty seats at Rangers Ballpark on Monday. Many fans are trying to sell their tickets... while others are giving theirs away.

"A guy gave me his tickets," said Jeff Lemley. "He has two tickets and he's from out of town. He says he can't go to the game, and they are going to fly out."

If it rains during the regular season, fans can exchange their tickets for future games — but the rules change for the post-season.

There are no rain checks; seats are good for only the ticketed game and not any future ones.

The postponement has led to a flood of tickets for Game 2 available through ticket brokers. StubHub had more than 3,600 seats available as of Sunday night.

Grandstand reserved tickets were going for as little as $35, with lower box seats on sale for $85.

So here's how the schedule plays out now. First pitch for Game 2 at Rangers Ballpark is Monday afternoon at 3:19; not exactly prime time for fans who had been at least hoping to watch it on TV.

Then the American League's  two best teams will travel to Detroit, where Game 3 is Tuesday night at 7:05. Game 4 and Game 5, if needed, are in Detroit Wednesday and Thursday.

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