Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley sang the national anthem before the game. He heard a loud round of applause before and after his fine rendition.
Beasley missed most of last season while fighting rectal cancer. He was given an all-clear by doctors in December after multiple rounds of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. Beasley also has sung the anthem before a Pittsburgh Pirates game when he and Jeff Banister were coaches there.
Former Rangers president Tom Schieffer, who attended the game as a member of the club’s Hall of Fame pre-game introductions, was moved by the moment.
“With all he has been through wrapped up with the excitement of Opening Day, it was a very moving moment,” Schieffer said. “It made you proud to be an American.”
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Michael Brown, of Sherman, who is a Rangers diehard and fan of food, was one of the first to try the new 24-inch MVT (Most Valuable Tamale) at Globe Life Park. After ordering the $27 Boomstick hot dog stuffed in a tamale, which is then covered in two kinds of cheese and chili, Brown declared: “It’s pretty good. It’s freaking huge, but it’s good.”
It was large enough for three people, he said, but he was in a party of two.
Rangers fans lined the parking lots around Globe Life Park early and deep Monday afternoon and continued to fill up the area up until game time.
Tailgate stands were set up along lots on Nolan Ryan Expressway, Randol Mill road and Ballpark Way. In every direction, Rangers red could be seen in abundance with fans grilling, drinking and tossing baseballs.
Fans are snapping up the commemorative Opening Day Rangers pins in the official gift shop at Globe Life Park. About 100 of the limited pins had sold as of 4:45 p.m. The gift shop has been packed since the gates opened at 3 p.m.
Odor wears Lebron
Rougned Odor was sporting LeBron James’ Nike baseball high top cleats Monday night. Suffice to say that he’ll probably keep putting them on after he hit homers in his first two at-bats and made a nice stop, spin and throw at second base.
First pitch duo
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams threw out the first pitch before the game. His catcher? Rangers legend Pudge Rodriguez, who goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July. Both received nice ovations, but it was the first time Rodriguez has been introduced to a stadium full of Rangers fans since being elected in January.