Rangers Announce Special First Pitch Ceremony
The Texas Rangers have announced that Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and former President George W. Bush will be participating in a special first pitch ceremony before Thursday’s opener against Philadelphia. The event will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Bush and Abbott will be accompanied by Lieutenant Texas Rangers law enforcement to the mound. The law enforcement unit is commemorating the 200th anniversary of its founding this year. Hurst-based Lt. Mankin is a 21-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety.
Also in attendance will be Nolan Ryan, who will accompany Lt. Mankin to the mound, and Iván Rodríguez, who will catch the first pitch.
Abbott Backed Out of 2021 First Pitch Due to MLB’s Decision to Move All-Star Game
Abbott, who threw out the first pitch in 2020 in a video when fans were not allowed at games due to the pandemic, was slated to do the honors again in 2021 but backed out 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 as a result of MLB’s decision.
Despite the controversy surrounding this year’s All-Star Game, the upcoming first pitch ceremony promises to be a memorable event for Texas Rangers fans and supporters of law enforcement.