Arlington, Texas -The Texas Rangers host the Philadelphia Phillies in the season opener on Monday, March 31 at Globe Life Park in Arlington in a 1:05 p.m. start.
MEDIA SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY-PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TEXAS CLUBHOUSE OPENING
8:00 a.m.-Globe Life Park in Arlington Media Gate Opens…season credentials can be picked up.
9:15 a.m.-Rangers Clubhouse Opens to Media
9:35 a.m.-Manager Ron Washington Media Availability
10:15 a.m.-Rangers Batting Practice
11:15 a.m.-Phillies Batting Practice
12:43 p.m.-Rangers Introductions
12:51 p.m.-National Anthem by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
12:56 p.m.-Ceremonial First Pitch by Greg Maddux
1:05 p.m.-Game time, Phillies vs. Rangers
TICKET SITUATION: The home opener is a complete sellout. The Rangers and Phillies conclude the series with 7:05 p.m. games on Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2. Good seats remain for both games. Tickets for Rangers 2014 home games can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base ticket office.
PARKING INFO: The Globe Life Park in Arlington cash parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. The Rangers will offer cash parking in the AT&T Stadium Lots 12-13 (southwest of the A Lot) as well as the regular cash lots. In addition, Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, and the Arlington Convention Center will be offering cash parking in their lots on Monday.
Please note that AT&T Way will be closed between Randol Mill Road and Cowboys Way during the Philadelphia series due to preparations for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at AT&T Stadium the following weekend. As a result, parking will not be available in AT&T Stadium Lot 4 on opening day.
Globe Life Park in Arlington gates will open at 10:00 a.m. on opening day.
HOV RAMP: The Westbound T-Ramp on I-30 will be open from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday for traffic coming to Globe Life Park. The T-Ramp will be open Eastbound onto I-30 from 3:30 until 6:00 p.m. for traffic exiting the game.
CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: One of the top pitchers to ever play the game, a recent first ballot Hall of Famer, and a current member of the Texas Rangers family will perform the ceremonial first pitch honors for the season opener. Greg Maddux won 355 games and four Cy Young Awards in a 23-year major league career from 1986-2008 with the Cubs, Braves, Dodgers, and Padres. The right-hander, who was born in San Angelo, Texas, posted nine seasons with 18 or more victories and recorded at least 15 wins a major league record 18 times. The winner of a big league record 18 Gold Glove Awards, Maddux was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in January, receiving 97.2% of the vote. He is currently in his third year with the Rangers as Special Assistant to the General Manager and has been with the club through the majority of spring training.
Catching the first pitch will be Greg's brother, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.
A SPECIAL NATIONAL ANTHEM: On April 11, 1994, the Texas Rangers hosted the Milwaukee Brewers in the first regular season game ever at The Ballpark in Arlington. The pre-game ceremonies featured an unforgettable performance of the Star-Spangled Banner by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra accompanied by Fort Worth resident and award-winning classical pianist, the late Van Cliburn.
Nearly 20 years later, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya will return to play the National Anthem. The FWSO will once again perform on the field as it did in 1994.
SALUTE THE FLAG: A large United States flag will be unfurled in centerfield by Soldiers from the Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion and Airmen, Soldiers, and Marines from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. A large State of Texas flag will be unfurled on Greene's Hill by members of the Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion. The colors will be presented by Company B of the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement from Garland, Texas.
MORE ACTIVITIES: Rangers Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez will participate in the first ball ceremony prior to first pitch...following the National Anthem, there will be a flyover of vintage warbirds from the Cavanaugh flight Museum in Addison. Country recording artist Neal McCoy will sing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch. All fans, 21 years of age and older will receive a Rangers Budweiser Opening Day Magnetic Schedule as they enter the park.
ON OPENING DAY: The Rangers open their 43rd season since moving to Texas against the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington…club opened last season in Houston (MLB season opener), but this marks the 5th time in 6 years to open at home…this is the 24th time in club history to open a campaign in Arlington.
Texas is 21-21 overall on Opening Day, having won 4 of 5, including last at-bat wins in 2 of the past 4 years…club has still dropped 6 of 10, 8 of 13, and 10 of the last 16 openers…Rangers enter today having won 4 straight season openers that have taken place at home since losing to Boston in 2006.
EARLY FOR INTERLEAGUE: Monday would be the earliest date for an Interleague game in MLB history…the introduction of 15-team leagues in 2013 led to year-round play between the 2 leagues, as the Interleague series to begin last season was Los Angeles-AL at Cincinnati…the first game of that series was on 4/1/13, meaning Monday's contest will be first-ever Interleague contest in March…there were no Interleague games in A.L. parks last year until 4/12/13 (NYM at MIN), as this will easily set the mark for earliest Interleague home game for an A.L. team.
VS. PHILADELPHIA: This will be just the Rangers' 4th series ever against the Phillies, just the 2nd time that Philly has ever visited Arlington…teams last met May 20-22, 2011 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, with Rangers dropping the first 2 games before netting a 2-0 win in the series finale vs. Roy Oswalt…club lost middle game of that series 2-0 when Cliff Lee tossed 8.0 shutout innings…Phillies' only other visit to this park was June 27-29, 2008, when Texas took the opener and finale to win the series…Rangers are just 3-6 all-time vs. Phillies.
HOME OPENER: Texas is 23-19 overall in home openers, winning 5 straight since losing to Baltimore on April 8, 2008…the only other time the Rangers won 5 straight home openers was 1976-77-78-79-80, as a win Monday would give Texas a club-record 6 consecutive wins in the first home game of a season…Texas is 11-9 in the opener at Globe Life Park in Arlington.