The tragic explosion which rocked the small Central Texas town of West in April caught the nation’s attention, and is still under investigation as the town’s residents try to patch together lives that have forever changed.
The Texas Rangers have made a gesture which deserves notice and should bring a little fun into the lives of folks who need it the most.
According to reports, the Rangers have offered 2,800 comped tickets to residents of West for a July 6th game in Arlington as they take on the Houston Astros. As of this morning, 1,100 of these tickets had been claimed, and you can bet more will be as the game’s date gets closer.
The day’s activities will include on-field ceremonies from town leaders and first responders, a performance by Czech group Czech Dance Group and a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the explosion.
It’s yet another classy move by a Rangers franchise that has a history of doing the right thing when they have the opportunity. Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels and the entire Rangers front office appear to be a compassionate group of people who understand the larger role they play in the community and that it’s not just baseball, but a chance for people whose lives have changed forever to be given a chance to forget about things and enjoy themselves.
Even if it’s only for an evening of baseball, you have to figure the temporary distraction will be welcomed with open arms.
H/T to the Dallas Morning News.