If you're an avid reader of Red Fever — hopefully you are — you'll remember this post from March 13, in which we suggested the Texas Rangers give Russell Wilson the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
Of course, Greg Maddux got the nod, and rightfully so. He's also an employee of the Rangers and was recently inducted to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, not to mention the fact he's the brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. In fact, it might have gone better on Monday had Maddux stayed on the mound for a few innings, but that's all in the past.
What's not in the past is Wednesday's series finale with the Phillies before the Rangers hit the road for a six-game road trip, and guess who's throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to complete Opening Week in the newly named Globe Life Park? You guessed it, Russell Wilson.
It's a great move by the Rangers, who have a minor-leaguer who just so happens to be a Super Bowl champion quarterback less than two months removed from his big night in The Big Apple. Of course, a month ago Thursday, Wilson spent one day in Surprise, Ariz., at Rangers spring training, talking to minor-leaguers and taking infield as a second baseman. Immediately after, his Rangers jersey became one of the hottest sellers in baseball.
Is it all a big publicity stunt? Don't think so. But even if it is, it's a pretty dang good one. And the Rangers are doing the right thing keeping it up as long as they can. So go out to the park on Wednesday night and show your appreciation to perhaps the most important minor-leaguer who will never see major-league game action in Rangers history.