VIDEO: Texas Rangers host first responders, victims of West explosion
POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:52pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:54pm
CNN — A day at the ballpark was more than just that for the people of West, Texas.
The Texas Rangers helped make sure the town, affected by that deadly plant explosion, could have a day of fun after so much grief.
First responders from the town of West took the field Saturday evening at The Ballpark in Arlington and were cheered on by more than 5,000 West residents in the stands.
All of them, special visitors brought in by the home team.
But, the trip to the ballpark didn't end with free tickets.
Outside, north Texans donated baseball gear for the kids of West.
And inside, the Rangers', Lance Berkman, presented town representatives with a new fire truck.
The team then stepped up to the plate to offer one check after another after another.
More than $150,000 in donations were donated to offer a helping hand to a town beset by such a major disaster.
Two and a half months after the explosion, the mayor pro-gem of West says, "This lets the people of his town know that they haven't been forgotten while also for one night, anyway, giving them the luxury of forgetting."
During Saturday's game with the rival Houston Astros, the Rangers players sported a special patch on their sleeves honoring the people of West.
The team will auction off the jerseys in a raffle to raise additional funds for the town.