Rangers Announce Texas Governor and Former President in First Pitch Ceremony
The Texas Rangers have announced that Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and former President George W. Bush will participate in a first pitch ceremony prior to Thursday’s opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. The ceremony will be a memorable one as it coincides with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Lt. Texas Rangers law enforcement unit.
Lt. Mankin and Nolan Ryan to Accompany Bush and Abbott
During the ceremony, Lt. Texas Rangers law enforcement will accompany Bush and Abbott to the mound for the first pitch. Sgt. Hurst-based Lt. Mankin, a 21-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, will also be present at the ceremony. In addition, Nolan Ryan, a prominent figure in Texas Rangers history, will also join Lt. Mankin on the mound.
Abbott Backed Out of 2021 First Pitch Ceremony
Governor Abbott previously threw out the first pitch for the Rangers in 2020 in a video when fans were not allowed at games due to the pandemic. However, he backed out of the 2021 first pitch ceremony at the last minute due to Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. The Rangers will be hosting the 2024 All-Star Game.
The first pitch ceremony involving Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, former President George W. Bush, and Lt. Texas Rangers law enforcement will add to the excitement of the upcoming Texas Rangers opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. It will be a memorable occasion as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the founding of the law enforcement unit. The Rangers will further host the 2024 All-Star Game, and we eagerly await the future events that will bring together the team’s rich history and its vibrant community.