The Texas Rangers Will Host the Entire City of West, Texas in July

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Free baseball tickets aren't going to rebuild the town of West, Texas or bring back the 15 people who were killed when a fertilizer plant exploded there on April 17. But it's certainly a nice gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers, who announced today that they've invited basically the entire city to its game on July 6, a Saturday.

The club says it expects 1,000 of the town's 2,800 residents to attend. The game will be preceded by on-field ceremonies featuring city officials and first responders, as well as a performance by the Czech Dance Group. Mayor Tommy Muska will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

There will be also be a moment of silence in honor of the people killed in the blast.

The Rangers' generosity is perhaps partly explained by the fact that the game is against the bottom-feeding Houston Astros, but it remains a very cool gesture. It's not every day that a professional sports team offers to host an entire city for free.

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Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Are they making bronze statues to place out front too?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

On the 4th, with explosions...how appropriate!

DallasSportsPrincess
DallasSportsPrincess

You know I love you, DO, and your snark.  But I think they chose Houston to keep it all in the family.  

ISayItCauseYouWont
ISayItCauseYouWont

Somehow, someway this will be abused. People cannot handle "free".

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@DallasSportsPrincess Agreed. There's a better than likely chance that if these people are baseball fans that they root for one of these teams. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@DirtyP1 @DallasSportsPrincess Agree with both of you.  also this is a Saturday game over the 4th of July holiday weekend, and the Rangers have been selling Saturdays at home out or almost completely out, considering we are averaging 39,500 per home game.  This is far more than just filling seat against a weak team.  hell the royals series was pretty full all weekend.  

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