It was the first time the Texas Rangers made it to the World Series, and it's an historic moment for all. While fans rallied all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, former big leaguers brightened the days of a very different set of patients to honor this moment in time on the morning of Game Four.
More than a dozen Texas Rangers Alumni players, Major League Baseball executives and leaders from the U.S. Armed Forces paused to salute military Veterans hospitalized at VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas.
The game, dedicated Welcome Back Veterans day, was designed to support Veterans and their families. While at Dallas, the group exchanged smiles, war stories and, of course, baseball memories with Veterans. What patients enjoyed most was the memorabilia and signed autographs they received.
The contingent of former players included Rangers Triple-A manager and Vietnam Veteran Bobby Jones. General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff for the Army, and John R. Campbell, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, joined them.