First Pitch: Mack Brown Opens Rangers' Season

ARLINGTON -- Amidst the fireworks and grandeur of Major League Baseball's Opening Day, the Texas Rangers celebrated The University of Texas and its 2005 football national championship. For the ceremonial first pitch, Mack Brown stood on the mound wearing a Rangers jersey and tossed the ball to catcher Gerald Laird. Standing next to Brown was former Longhorns coach Darrell Royal, who had also been presented a jersey by team owner Tom Hicks.

The festivities began with the Longhorn Band playing traditional Texas songs behind home plate before Brown entered the field, strode to the pitchers mound and quickly delivered the opening pitch.

Also in attendance was former Longhorn great Roger Clemens, who was introduced in the middle of the first inning. Clemens, 43, is currently undecided as to whether he will retire or return to the mound. Although Clemens was officially in attendance for the UT celebration, the two teams playing the game, the Rangers and Red Sox, are reportedly interested in signing him. After declining to give Clemens salary arbitration, the Houston Astros can’t resign the former Longhorns pitcher until May 1st.

The Rangers lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-3 as Curt Schilling picked up his first win of the season.

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