First Media Spring Training a success

First Media Spring Training a success

ARLINGTON -- On Thursday in Surprise, Ariz., the Texas Rangers played their first Spring Training game of 2006, while back in Arlington, the local media reported for their first workout.

Twenty-seven members of the Dallas-Fort Worth media, from radio personalities to television reporters, attended the first annual Media Spring Training Day at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

After enjoying a Sportservice-catered lunch complete with ballpark favorites such as sausage, popcorn and the consensus favorite Tall-Texan cotton candy, the writers, anchors and disc jockeys took the field for batting practice and outfield instruction from some old pros.

Former Rangers Steve Buechele, Pete O'Brien, Tom Grieve and Rusty Greer, along with former Major League pitcher Ray Burris, coached the guests on proper technique and swing mechanics before letting them take the field.

WFAA-TV news anchor Gloria Campos listened well to the instructions -- in her first trip to the cages, she hit a line drive up the middle past KISS-FM's familiar morning DJ and provisional second baseman Kidd Kraddick.

Campos also sustained the event's first injury, sporting an ice pack after absorbing an O'Brien pitch on the wrist. Everyone else seemed to avoid getting hurt, but DJs from the likes of KZPS, KHKS, KSCS, The Bone, and the Wolf should likely expect some on-air trash talk after performing at varying levels of proficiency.

Rangers vice president of marketing and in-park entertainment Chuck Morgan said Media Spring Training Day will be an annual event, giving the attendees plenty of time to begin their offseason workouts.

Abby Teaff is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.