ARLINGTON -- The Rangers officially inducted Tom Grieve into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Ballpark in Arlington. Honored 30 minutes before the first pitch between the Rangers and Angels, several former players and coaches joined the Grieve family for his induction, while other members of the Rangers' Hall of Fame -- including current president Nolan Ryan -- were on the field for the ceremony. Grieve came in on the back of a Lexus that emerged from left field, before receiving a framed letter from former president and Rangers owner George W. Bush congratulating him on his honor.
Afterward, former president Tom Schieffer spoke of why Grieve -- who becomes the 13th member of the Rangers' Hall -- was the right person to receive the honor. "When I think of Tom Grieve, I think of honesty and decency. Of fairness and integrity," Schieffer said. "But most of all I think of a man who loves his family and loves this special game we call baseball." After Schieffer read the inscription on his Hall of Fame plaque, Grieve took the podium to a standing ovation from the large crowd on hand. It was afterward that he thanked former teammates, coaches, front office associates and everyone else associated with his 43 years with the Rangers as a player, general manager and broadcaster. "I've said many times that my goal as a child was to be a baseball player. For that to have happened was a dream come true," Grieve said. "To be able to stay in baseball after my playing career has been icing on the cake. To have been associated with this franchise has been a privilege." Finally, he thanked the fans that have supported him over the years before receiving another standing ovation.
Afterward, he took a lap around the warning track on the back of the Lexus before heading up to the broadcast booth to call the game."I share a deep appreciation and immense sense of gratitude to you, our fans," Grieve said. "For your kind words, support and all that you've meant to me and my family."