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Rangers+ caravan visits Waco

Jan. 21, 1997

Rangers' caravan visits Waco

By Grant Bullinger

Lariat Reporter

The 1997 Texas Rangers winter caravan made its first of many stops around the state in Waco on Monday.

Players and management from the baseball team gathered at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame to dedicate a jersey from Juan Gonzalez, the 1996 American League MVP, and a baseball from the previous season signed by the entire team.

This was an historic season for the Rangers, one that saw the team win its first division championship in franchise history.

Not only did the Rangers come to Waco for the dedication, but the trip also gave them an opportunity to meet their fans from the central Texas area.

Players on the caravan this year include: Rusty Greer, Darren Oliver and Mark

McLemore. General Manager

Doug Melvin and radio

announcer Eric Nadel are also appearing in the caravan.

' I'm a baseball fanatic, so this is really exciting to be able to meet the players,' Jay Coleman, a Waco citizen, said. 'It makes me feel like a kid again.'

The Rangers were excited to meet some fans they do not normally see outside of the ballpark.

'It's great because it gets us ready to start the season along with the fans,' Oliver said.

The excitement has been building for the Rangers during the off season. The acquisition of relief pitcher John Wetteland has many fans talking about an American League championship and a visit to the World Series.

'The Series isn't on our minds this early in the year,' Oliver said. ' We have to concentrate on getting to the playoffs first, then we'll worry about the rest.'

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