MLB to honor Sandy Hook victims

Updated: March 22, 2013, 4:53 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The father of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings will throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers' home opener April 5.

The ceremony is part of a league-wide effort by Major League Baseball to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting during the opening games of the 2013 regular season.

All players, managers, coaches, umpires and on-field personnel will wear a symbolic ribbon patch and, with fans, observe a pregame moment of silence in their opening games in a league-wide effort to remember the individuals who lost their lives on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

Robbie Parker, a longtime Rangers fan who grew up in North Texas, used to take his daughter Emilie to games at Rangers Ballpark, Seattle and Boston. She was one of the 27 victims of the shootings in Newtown.

Parker will be accompanied to the mound by his daughters Madeline and Samantha and his wife, Alissa, for the ceremony.

"I am so proud to be a Ranger fan, because I know that as a fan I actually belong to a community," Parker said in a statement read by his brother, Jeremie Parker, on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM in January. "I am glad I was able to share the community with my precious daughter and that the same community has reached out to her and let our family know that she is remembered and loved. Thank you for all you have done to support our family through this time. Go Rangers!"

The Rangers will be hosting the Los Angeles Angels on April 5. The game is sold out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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