The Texas Rangers had already scheduled a spring visit for one NFL quarterback, but on Thursday they welcomed another who is a little more popular with the home crowd.
Tony Romo was a surprise guest to the Surprise Recreation Campus, trading the silver and blue of the Dallas Cowboys for the red and blue of the Rangers. Romo wasn’t in full uniform, but he wore a Rangers hat, shorts and pullover as the club worked out before its game against the Chicago White Sox.
Manager Jeff Banister, who didn’t tell Rangers players that Romo was coming, likes the idea of merging players and coaches from teams in the same city. It’s a practice he learned the past four years at bench coach in Pittsburgh.
“An opportunity to connect major sports and merge sports figures in the same city, to me, is invaluable,” Banister said. “Shared experiences and ideas are crucial. They’re impactful. They’re powerful.”
To that end, Romo and Matt Harrison talked about recovering from back injuries. Both have suffered herniated disks that, Harrison had fusion surgery in May, and Romo had a cyst removed before the 2013 season.
Romo’s cameo came more than two weeks before Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is set to be in camp. Wilson is part of the Rangers’ organization after they selected him in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft in 2013, and he made a one-day visit to camp last year.
Romo was scheduled to face the media during the game.
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