The Texas Rangers Will Host the Entire City of West, Texas in July

Free baseball tickets aren't going to rebuild the town of West, Texas or bring back the 15 people who were killed when a fertilizer plant exploded there on April 17. But it's certainly a nice gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers, who announced today that they've invited basically the entire city to its game on July 6, a Saturday.

The club says it expects 1,000 of the town's 2,800 residents to attend. The game will be preceded by on-field ceremonies featuring city officials and first responders, as well as a performance by the Czech Dance Group. Mayor Tommy Muska will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

There will be also be a moment of silence in honor of the people killed in the blast.

The Rangers' generosity is perhaps partly explained by the fact that the game is against the bottom-feeding Houston Astros, but it remains a very cool gesture. It's not every day that a professional sports team offers to host an entire city for free.

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