With the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, baseball is probably the last thing on the minds of Houston natives. But a decision from the Texas Rangers not to help out the Houston Astros, who aren’t playing home games right now thanks to flooding in their Texas city, is bringing Astros fans, baseball fans, and decent people who don’t particularly care for baseball to Twitter to slam the franchise from Arlington.
The teams will kick off a three-game series today—a “home” series for the Astros—in Tropicana Field, the home stadium of the Tampa Bay Rays, all because the Rangers refused to swap series hosting duties in light of Hurricane Harvey. The Astros approached the Rangers about playing this coming series at Texas’ Ballpark at Arlington, with Houston hosting the teams’ late-September series, which is scheduled to take place in Arlington.
The Rangers, who are 64-66 and have five teams to surpass if they’re to take a wild card spot, declined, preferring apparently to have three away games turned into contests at a neutral site.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 28, 2017
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels then offered up a terribly tone-deaf excuse for not switching home series with the Astros.
— Alex Del Barrio (@alexdelbarrio) August 28, 2017
Thankfully, the people of Twitter aren’t shy about informing individuals and organizations of their all-around shittiness, especially with a disaster like Hurricane Harvey putting lives at risk.
The Rangers have just become the most classless, selfish organization in all of sports. I thought Texans were supposed to stick together!!!! https://t.co/lC9wvOvy0t
— Aaron Alvarado (@AaronAlvarado21) August 29, 2017
— Hill (@Hill713) August 29, 2017
— Matt Thomas (@SportsMT) August 28, 2017
Rangers come out of this looking awful. Some things are bigger than sports. https://t.co/cJevBspK3H
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) August 28, 2017
Compare that to the thousands of Astros fans dealing with actual things that are unfair right now…
— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) August 28, 2017
Please remove the Texas from your jerseys @Rangers
— Hill (@Hill713) August 28, 2017
— Hill (@Hill713) August 28, 2017
— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) August 28, 2017
Never rooted against the Texas Rangers before. Now (despite Cole Hamels) I will. Strongly. https://t.co/zZnSa74X8r
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) August 29, 2017
This across from Minute Maid. That’s the most tone deaf comment I’ve heard today. pic.twitter.com/TT4giwyOYP
— Heber (ā/’beə/) (@HeberLinares) August 28, 2017
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 29, 2017
— WinColumnSportsCA (@WCSportsCA) August 29, 2017
Oh. Sorry to even think of putting out the Rangers. How brazen of the Astros. pic.twitter.com/oX9tvqdfVX
— John P. Lopez (@LopezOnSports) August 29, 2017
So Rangers have “Texas” on their jerseys but not in their heart?
— Brian McGee (@dBaUwLgL) August 28, 2017
— Jordan Dowsy (@SwaglsDead) August 29, 2017
— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) August 28, 2017
— CLE Info Minister (@CLEInfoMinister) August 29, 2017
— James Cannon (@callowist) August 28, 2017
Jeez stRangers. Zero words for this. https://t.co/hC13R0qW1v
— patrick (@PatDStat) August 28, 2017
— Connie O (@freegirl1) August 29, 2017
So far, Hurricane Harvey has taken the lives of at least 10 individuals, injuring many more. Hard rain is supposed to continue through Wednesday.