ARLINGTON, TX -- It was hardly baseball weather in Arlington on Thursday, but that didn’t stop the Rangers Winter Caravan from rolling through town for a special Hispanic Day stop at Las Ranitas restaurant.
It was a chance for the Hispanic community, and fans as a whole, to meet and greet some of the boys of summer.
“Every time you get a chance to come to sign with your fans, it's a great thing. It's a great feeling,” said Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar.
Yep, no fair weather fans here. This stop was filled with folks ready for some one-on-one time with the pros, some of whom they hadn’t seen on the field in a long time.
Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez were on hand. Profar missed all last season with a shoulder injury, while Perez was lost for the season in May with a torn ligament in his elbow.
“I feel great and I don't want to go too fast,” said Perez. “I just want to go slow because I want to be ready after the All-Star Game.”
“But everything's good,” the left-handed pitcher continued. “I'm working hard and I know the team is going to need me after the All-Star Break so I just want to make sure everything is good.”
“It was hard, not frustrating, but it was hard,” said Profar on missing the entire 2014 season. “At the same time I just kept working every day and here I'm at.”
Well, it's been a long road back for these two players, but with both these young talents slated to return to the diamond this year they may just be able to turn Texas from worst to first.