BOSTON -- The Rangers are holding a City of West Night on July 6 when they are scheduled to face the Astros at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers are hosting approximately 1,000 residents and emergency workers who responded to the devastating explosion and fires on April 17.
There will be pregame on-field ceremonies and West mayor Tommy Muska will throw out the first pitch. Citizens of West will participate in the national anthem, there will be a moment of silence for the 15 people who lost their lives in the tragedy and the Czech Dance Group will perform prior to the game.
The Rangers will wear a "SUPPORT WEST" patch on their right sleeve and the jerseys will be auctioned off in a raffle to raise additional funds for the relief efforts. Raffle tickets will be sold on July 5-6 at the Ballpark.
During the three-game weekend series with Seattle, April 19-21, the Rangers collected tens of thousands of essential items for the West victims and residents that filled two large meeting areas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as well as thousands of dollars in gift cards. In addition, some $40,000 in cash donations went to the citizens of West from Rangers fans and employees and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less