ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have honored Bobby Jones’ half-century in baseball with a first pitch and a sweet ride.
Jones, a former outfielder and coach who is now the team’s replay coordinator, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Texas played its AL Division Series opener against Toronto on Thursday.
That came a day after the Rangers surprised Jones with a red 1965 convertible Ford Mustang, which was driven onto the field before their workout. That was the model car Jones had before leaving for a 14-month tour of duty in Vietnam in December 1969.
Jones is retiring after the playoffs that will end his 50th season in baseball. He has spent 29 seasons in the Rangers organization, which drafted him out of high school in 1967 when the team was the Washington Senators.