Rangers fans start tailgating early

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 15 at 11:23 PM

Some Rangers fans started tailgating at noon on Friday, more than seven hours before the first pitch.

There was a common theme among them - they said they've been waiting for this day for long, long time.

The grilling started early for four buddies, who put up tents and threw the first wings and poppers on at high noon.

"I don't like to fight the traffic, so I wanted to beat the traffic out here and get here early and we got a good parking spot. I'm looking forward to getting in," said Rangers fan, Martin Dean.

For the head cook, Kevin Hartsburg, it is a bittersweet day - the Rangers are his second favorite team, behind the Chicago Cubs.

"I'll be honest with you. I wish it was Cubs history, not the Rangers. I'm a Cubs fan, but Rangers' history isn't bad."

These tailgaters came with a flat-screen TV, a Play Station 3 and the Rock Band video game and a set of antlers.

"Every new game here going forward is new history being made. That's why we have to get all these people out to witness it," said fan Richie Nierling.

Nierling's parents bought Rangers season tickets back in 1973.

Richie started going to Rangers game in the early 80s right, after he was born.

He says he's been waiting for this day almost 30 years - his parents have been waiting even longer.

E-mail: sstoler@wfaa.com

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