TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Die hard Rangers fans have been gearing up, getting ready for a possible shot at a World Series title.
Corporal Doug Dickerson, USMC, said he's been a Rangers fan since the days of Nolan Ryan. He dropped by Academy Sports and Outdoors in Tyler to pick up some fresh team paraphernalia. Dickerson spent last season serving in Afghanistan.
One shirt threw him off, though...
"I don't know if this is something new," he said. "Am I missing something?"
Dickerson saw three different racks of shirts--men's, women's, and children's. On the front: a hand fixed like a claw. On the back" the head of a deer, with hands for antlers.
"I like it," said J.T. Schofield who was proud enough to model one for us.
Schofield said he bought his about a month ago at the Ballpark in Arlington. He explained the origins of the symbol, now growing in popularity.
"The claw came from Esteban German," he said.
Schofield said German, one of the Rangers' Dominican players started throwing up the "claw" last season. "Whenever they got a hit, or make a good offensive play," said Schofield.
He said the "antlers" showed up this season.
"The antlers mean you're quick like a deer--you steal a base, you stretch a single into a double, something that shows off your speed," said Schofield.
He said it probably started in the locker room. Josh Hamilton has a ten-point buck hanging over his locker.
Matt Speake is a minor league pitcher with the Cleveland Indians.
"I think that's just a Rangers thing," he said.
We also talked 'Rangers' with Yankees fan, Sarah Rosar. "Maybe the claw-and-antlers thing just got us," she said. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Yankees were down three games to one.
Rosar's grandfather, Buddy Rosar, played catcher for the Yankees from 1939 to 1950.
"We have a lot of World Series under our belt," she said. "The Rangers deserve one."
Brittney Tyler works at Tyler Athletics. She said the whole thing is really cool. "They're starting to get everyone involved in it."
More than 30,000 claw-antler shirts have been sold since they debuted a couple months ago at the Ballpark.
Academy Sports and Outdoors now sells the shirts, after paying good money to become the "official sporting goods retailer" of the Rangers.
Once we explained what the hand signs meant to Dickerson, he bought two of them--one for the wife.