Greg Maddux will throw out the the ceremonial first pitch when the Texas Rangers open the season March 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Maddux, a first ballot Hall of Famer, is in his third year with the Rangers as special assistant to the general manager. Maddux’s brother, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, will catch the first pitch.
The Rangers also announced other pregame ceremonies on Wednesday:
• National anthem: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform on the field as it did in 1994, when it was accompanied by the late Van Cliburn before the first regular season game in the new stadium.
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• A large United States flag will be unfurled in center field by soldiers from the Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion and airmen, soldiers, and Marines from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. A large State of Texas flag will be unfurled on Greene’s Hill by members of the Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion. The colors will be presented by Company B of the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement from Garland.
• The flyover will be vintage warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison.
The game begins at 1:05 p.m. Cash parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and ballpark gates will open at 10. The game is sold out.