First pitch: Jeff Burroughs, Charlie Hough
(And yes, I'm sure Hough with throw a knuckler. We'd all be disappointed if he didn't.)
Burroughs, the first power hitter in Rangers history, combined for 102 homers and 383 RBIs in a four-year span from 1972 to 1976. He won the 1974 AL MVP Award after hitting 25 homers, driving in 118 runs and posting a .301 batting average.
Hough was a staple of the Rangers' starting rotation in the 1980s. He had 14 wins in seven consecutive seasons (1982 to 88) and was the club's all-time leader in wins (139), innings (2,308), complete games (98) and strikeouts (1,452). I can't see anyone breaking Hough's complete game mark, can you?
Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said the club felt that in the 40th season of the club, they should recognize its history and that's why Burroughs and Hough are throwing out the first pitches.
Other activities for the day:
UPDATE: The Red Sox are introduced at 2:37 p.m. and everything takes place right after that. So make sure you are in your seats by 2:30 and you should be good.
* The official raising of the 2010 American League championship flag, which takes place just before the official team introductions.
* Prior to the National Anthem, a moment of silence will be held for the late Tom Vandergriff, the person most responsible for bringing a big league team to North Texas. A moment of silence will be observed for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
* Gates open at noon with the parking lots open at 10 a.m. All fans, 21 years of age and older, will receive a Rangers Budweiser Opening Day magnetic schedule as they enter the park.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.