ARLINGTON -- Texas staged a Rangers Playoff Spirit Rally on Tuesday at Larson Elementary School. The event, which focused on exposing 125 fifth graders in attendance to a healthy lifefstyle, featured Texas mascot Rangers Captain and former Rangers player Pete O'Brien. "It's highly important," said O'Brien, a first baseman who was on the Rangers from 1982-88. "Every day, day-to-day living. As much as we intake food-wise, we have to make sure we're eating the right foods and getting the right amount of exercise. These kids are a little house-locked these days, and they don't get to get out as much as we did in our day."
The presentation included Rangers Captain swinging a corn dog at a head of lettuce and eating a box labeled as ants, designed to teach the kids to learn to read the labels of the foods they eat. "Anything that grows on a vine is fine, if it's in the ground it's great," O'Brien told the kids. "If it's in a tree, you're free. If it comes out of a box, better watch it. So you really want to make sure you're putting the right things in your body." The kids, all of them wearing foam antlers to emulate the hand signal the Rangers players gestured to each other in last season's playoff run, took part in stations involving physical activity, engaging in a tug-of-war, playing baseball and identifying healthy foods to eat among other activities.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.