Rangers stop in Sherman on Winter Caravan
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) - The Texas Rangers winter caravan headed north up to Texoma Thursday. This year, there was an extra member that hadn't been there in years past, the coveted World Series trophy which the Rangers won for the first time in history this fall over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"I'm proud of the whole team, the whole organization" said former Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. "Bochy, the job that Bruce Bochy did to Ray Davis and the guys in the front office... I'm very happy."
Pitchers Dane Dunning and Jon Gray were in attendance but the fans at Kroger in Sherman got a little spoiled with two hall of famers, Fergie Jenkins and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez also there to sign autographs for the Ranger faithful. It was a packed crowed that more than wrapped around the building.
"They deserve it," said pitcher Dane Dunning. "They're there every day rooting on us and they've been loyal."
That loyalty was embodied by fan Michael Doporto. The Fort Worth native arrived at Kroger at 3:30 a.m. for this event that began at 1:30 p.m.
"Seeing Pudge seeing Jon, seeing Dane, seeing Mr. Jenkins, it was crazy," said Doporto. "It went by so fast but it was worth it."
While the Rangers will continue to celebrate on the winter caravan through the end of the month, eyes have already started to shift to defending that title in 2024.
"As cool as it was, it makes you hungry for the next one," said pitcher Jon Gray.