By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
ARLINGTON, Tx. — Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, a 2017 electee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will catch the ceremonial first pitch from Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams Monday, April 3 versus the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Texas Rangers announced Tuesday.
The 6:05 p.m. opener, the 46th in club history, will include a bevy of pregame ceremonies, including third base coach Tony Beasley singing the National Anthem. Beasley’s performance will be preceded by a live performance of Texas, Our Texas by Joel Lagrone. The music concludes for the evening with country music star Neal McCoy of Jacksonville, Texas signing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
There will also be a flyover from the T-38’s from the United States Air Force 88thFighter Training Squadron of Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas after the National Anthem. Colors will be presented by an honor guard from the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement as large United States and Texas flags will be unfurled in centerfield by members of Arlington Police and Fire Departments and those of the surrounding community.
Another significant flag will be raised that evening as the Rangers put their 2016 A.L. West Division Championship flag atop the centerfield office building. The United States Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Team will perform a jump onto the field at Globe Life Park with the State of Texas flags and the 2016 A.L. West Division Championship flag.
All reserved seats have been sold for the 2017 home opener except for scattered singles and obstructed view seats. Standing room tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972-RANGERS, and at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base box office.
Globe Life Park in Arlington cash lots will open at 1:00 p.m. and ballpark gates open at 3:00 p.m. All fans will be required to undergo Major League Baseball mandated metal detection screening before entering the ballpark.