Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will participate in pre-game ceremonies before the Texas Rangers’ home opener April 10 against the Houston Astros. Abbott will make a “Texas Toss” to Rangers great Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez before the team introductions.
Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Bradley will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Bradley, a participant in the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative 2012 and 2013 Warriors Open, was injured in 2008 when his vehicle struck an IED during a mission in Afghanistan. Bradley has had 16 surgeries and has been awarded the Airman of the Year and Purple Heart.