As a crowd of about 90 students sat on the pavement outside Blanton Elementary School in Arlington, Texas, anxious chatter permeated among them. That chatter quickly turned to cheers as Rangers Captain and pitchers Ross Ohlendorf and Anthony Bass appeared in front of the kids.
Sunday, the Rangers clinched the American League West for the first time since 2011. Monday, Ohlendorf and Bass were doing their best to ensure a group of young kids were Rangers fans for life. The Medical Center Arlington Rangers Fitness Rally, held outside the school, focused on the importance of youth health and fitness. But for many of the kids, the highlight was seeing the pair of Rangers.
Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.