Tuesday, March 29, 2011
First pitch: Jeff Burroughs, Charlie Hough
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The ceremonial first pitches for Friday's Opening Day will be thrown by Jeff Burroughs and 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.