ARLINGTON, TX -- Every other day of the year, this dirt is reserved for the players… but Saturday, things were different.
Rangers Fan fest was a chance for fans young and old to test out their throwing arm.
“I wanna pitch just like Yu Darvish because he’s my favorite player,” says young fan Isaac Garcia.
Fans also admired the Rangers' two American League Championship trophies, and snap a few dugout selfies. “You get to sit where the players sit,” says Kayla Mack. “It’s the coolest thing ever.”
Fan also got player autographs, and even pretend to make a call to the bullpen. The big offseason news is the new man in the dugout, baseball lifer, cancer survivor, and new Rangers manager Jeff Banister. Fans got a chance to meet the new skipper.
“Every decision I make as a manager, I know that they just don’t affect the 25-men in the dugout,” he says. “They affect the organization and they affect you as a fan.”
“He’s overcome a lot of adversity in his life and it’s incredible just to see what he’s come through,” says Mack.
Things didn’t go too well for the Rangers last year, but hope springs eternal every new year.
“I think as long as were healthy we’ll be good,” says Zach Lyons.
“I hope they are going to go to the world series and win,” says his son Yavin.
Hey, that’s the spirit.