Following up on a series of successful spring games the past two years, the Texas Rangers have invited the LA Dodgers to play a couple spring training games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The event is called the H-E-B Big League Weekend and it is scheduled for Friday, March 20 (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, March 21 (1:00 p.m.). Via a press release:
“We’re excited about this match up,” said Nolan Ryan. “The Dodgers are one of the most successful franchises in baseball with some good, young players. For fans in San Antonio and all over the state it’s a great opportunity to see us play them since there is not a National League team in Texas anymore.”Furthermore, the Dodgers will be returning to San Antonio after a 23 year hiatus. As you may know, the Dodgers AA minor league affiliate was in San Antonio from 1977 to 2000. Notable Dodgers to have played in San Antonio on their way up to Los Angeles include Adrian Beltre, Bob Welch, Mike Scioscia, Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Sax, Ramon Martinez, John Wetteland, Raul Mondesi, Mike Piazza and Eric Gagne.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking forward to visiting San Antonio for Big League Weekend this spring with the Texas Rangers,” said Dodgers' President & CEO Stan Kasten. “Playing in the Alamodome should be quite an experience for our team and our fans.”Last year the Rangers played host to the Houston Astros in Alamodome, and in 2012 they played the San Diego Padres. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the games against the Dodgers. Go here for information and tickets.
“The Rangers are very happy to be returning to San Antonio and Big League Weekend in 2015,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. “Ryan Sanders Baseball puts on a first class event and has done an amazing job in converting the Alamodome into a Major League Baseball facility. The reception we received playing before the tremendous fans of the San Antonio area has been outstanding and we look forward to another great weekend with the Dodgers.”BTW, from what I understand a sports collectors show at the Alamodome had been planned for that weekend in the past, so I expect that will continue for 2015. You can also follow the Big League Weekend on twitter here: @SABigLeagueWknd.
|(Rangers manager Jeff Banister makes announcement, via @SABigLeagueWknd on twitter)|
Here are more photos of the field at past ballgames in the Alamodome, via @SABigLeagueWknd. Click on any pic to embiggen.
Pic at the very top via @SABigLeagueWknd on twitter.
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